May 6, 2021
Germany, May 8, 1945
On May 8, 1945, Germany formally declared defeat in World War II. As others have said, there was one war in Europe that began in 1914 and ended in 1945, with a 20-year truce in...
Apr 24, 2021
Remembering al Qaeda
The United States invaded Afghanistan 20 years ago, soon after the attack on Sept. 11, 2001. By 2008, then-President Barack Obama made it a point to disengage from what has become...
Apr 16, 2021
The Unlikelihood of War With China and Russia
Much has been made of China’s seemingly unending potential to invade Taiwan – nearly as much as Russia’s buildup near Ukraine, which many believe is little more...
Apr 12, 2021
The Myth of a Rules-Based World
Two concepts have been constantly used in discussions of international relations of late. One is a liberal international order and the second is a rules-based system. In the former,...
Apr 7, 2021
China as a Third World Country
There is much discussion about the surging Chinese economy and the expanding international influence of China. There is no question that China’s economy has consistently...
Mar 31, 2021
On the Suez Canal and Chokepoints
I’ve often written about chokepoints – those narrow passageways, on land or at sea, that are essential for the movement of goods and people – in the context of...
Mar 24, 2021
Russia, China, and the United States: First Shots
Any time there is a new U.S. president, major powers set out to test him and lay the groundwork for future bargaining in potential conflicts. Occasionally, the United States opens...
Mar 17, 2021
China's Strategic Standpoint
One of the hardest problems of foreign policy is developing an accurate evaluation of a potential adversary’s intentions and capabilities, which are frequently separate...
Mar 9, 2021
B-52s in the Middle East
For all the world’s vastness and complexity, my attention is constantly drawn back to the Middle East, where there is much to think about. Last week, for example, two B-52...
Mar 4, 2021
The US, Iran and Bargaining Positions
The Iranian government has announced that it will not attend the first round of negotiations over restoring the agreement that limited its ability to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran...
Feb 24, 2021
America's Iran Strategy
President Barack Obama’s administration had a primary goal in the Middle East: It did not want Iran to become a nuclear power. It did not want Israel to be forced to launch a...
Feb 10, 2021
Measuring Biden's First Middle East Moves
Last week, U.S. President Joe Biden took two steps in the Middle East. The first was that he notified Congress of his intention to remove the Houthis fighting in Yemen from the...
Feb 4, 2021
The Institutionalization of Crises
About a year after the COVID-19 pandemic introduced its new rules of survival, my wife and I risked life and limb for the chance to travel. Having made reservations on an airline now...
Jan 27, 2021
Biden's Foreign Policy Reversals
Just about every U.S. president promises a new era of U.S. foreign policy. George W. Bush promised to abolish nation building as a goal. Barack Obama promised to make the world, and...
Jan 21, 2021
Obama, Trump & Biden: Consistency in Foreign Policy
U.S. foreign policy comes in phases. From the end of World War II to 1972, its goal was to confront the Soviet Union and affiliated communist governments. Things changed a little in...
Jan 7, 2021
First Thoughts on a National Tragedy
A physician is taught to avoid emotional involvement with patients. If he suffers with them, the pain will break him and his judgement will be impaired. He must be clinical and...
Jan 6, 2021
Britain Returns to Its Past
When asking the question of where Britain is, the following answers arise. First, trade is important, but the North American markets are as large as the EU. Second, Europe is highly...
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