America Needs the Muhammad Ali Doctrine
When in doubt, Washington's foreign-policy strategy should be to rope-a-dope.
Trump Should Abide by His Own National Security Strategy
The United States could restore its global influence by adhering to its commitments.
Trump Doesn’t Believe in His Own Foreign Policy. Does That Matter?
The president's policies often deviate from his dangerous preferences. But these divergences present their own problems.
Rep. Ed Royce’s Failure to Hold Trump Accountable Is a Dereliction of Duty
The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee should use his last year in office to reverse the unprincipled silence and moral weakness of Republicans in Congress.
If You Thought 2017 Was Bad, Just Wait for 2018
Last year, Trump corroded U.S. foreign policy, but avoided disaster. This year, there are powerful reasons to think that matters will worsen.
Trump’s National Security Strategy Is Nothing Like the British Empire’s ‘Blue Water’ Policy
The historical analogy is wrong — whichever way you look at it.
Trump Has Set a Scary Strategic Precedent
There's a reason why other administrations didn’t plan national security policy this way.
How to Grade Trump’s National Security Strategy on a Curve
Strategizing for this president isn’t easy. But that excuse only gets you so far.
Two Cheers for Trump’s National Security Strategy
Its survey of the world is mostly accurate, but the discussion of domestic policy falls flat.
Trump’s National Security Strategy Deserves to Be Ignored
The Trump administration claims — and fails — to provide a plan to keep Americans safe.
Does Trump’s National Security Strategy Have a Values Deficit?
The administration notices growing competition with authoritarian countries, but skirts around the source of conflict.
Combatting Chinese Economic Coercion in the NSS
The Trump administration needs a robust plan to make sure America remains the world’s most powerful economy.
The Guerrilla Campaign Against McMaster Is Alive and Well
Now critics claim the national security advisor is hurting efforts to recruit senior White House intelligence advisors.
Grand Strategy Is Overrated
Why President Trump shouldn’t necessarily heed the long-term vision of his own National Security Strategy.
Edgar on Strategy (I): Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m an anti-strategist
What we are trying to do, and why it's so hard to get there.
There Is No Trump Doctrine, and There Will Never Be One
Six months into the president’s term and it’s already clear that small wins and tactical deals do not amount to a strategy of any sort.
The Hardest Part of Trump’s National Security Strategy to Write
Sometime this year, the Trump administration intends to release the legislatively mandated National Security Strategy (NSS). What will it contain about Russia?
Trump Is Playing the International Strategy Game Like a Novice Among Experts
An “America first” policy risks leaving America alone.
Clean Up on the Foreign-Policy Aisle
Trump’s Cabinet is always at the ready with brooms and mops to clean up the commander-in-chief’s errant outbursts. But does the administration have a real strategy?