Has the US Always Been at War?

May 04, 2021

Here’s the strange thing in an ever-stranger world: I was born in July 1944 in the midst of a devastating world war. That war ended in August 1945 with the atomic obliteration of two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by the most devastating bombs in history up to that...

The US Presidential Election and the Armies of the Night

Sep 24, 2020

In a compelling article published on Fair Observer earlier this week, Volker Perthes, director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), speculates on the theme of “what Trump will leave behind” if he loses the November election. The author offers an enlightening...

“The Post” and the Importance of a Free Press

Jan 27, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s The Post is a timely reminder of the constitutional importance of a free press. Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, which explores the events that led up to New York Times v. US, echoes Justice Hugo Black’s sentiment: “The press was protected so that it could bare...

The World This Week: Vietnam, Japan, the Asia Pivot and the Obama Doctrine

May 29, 2016

Obama visits Asia to heal past wounds, push for trade, deepen security ties, promote American interests and contain China in a masterly display of diplomacy. The late Harold Macmillan, heir to a publishing business, a British prime minister and chancellor of the University of Oxford, was once...

Shades of Vietnam in the 21st Century

Mar 13, 2016

Robert McNamara’s reflections on the Vietnam War have lessons that are applicable to US foreign policy today. The memoir of Robert S. McNamara, published 20 years ago, runs through and “presents” situations akin to the tragic drama (re)enacted today—a “repeat performance” of a...