Can the Taliban Govern Responsibly?

October 18, 2021

Following the fall of Kabul in August, the first face-to-face meeting between US officials and the Taliban took place last week. As is typical in such first encounters, both sides came with their respective agendas, including demands and requests of the other side. The one issue on which both...

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity

October 07, 2021

In early September, with the war in Afghanistan officially over and the Middle East retreating from the media’s landscape, The New York Times began preparing the American public for the next theater of war. This time it will be just off the coast of mainland China, in Taiwan. There will be no...

America’s Afghanistan Fiasco: The Buck Stops With Biden

September 23, 2021

On August 31, President Joe Biden formally drew to a close the war in Afghanistan, touting “the extraordinary success” of the withdrawal of US troops after 20 years of fighting. Despite the incorrect “assumption — that the Afghan government would be able to hold on for a period of time...

Buy Defense Stocks: World War III Might Be Nigh

November 15, 2018

Historically, trade wars are leading indicators of military wars, and the current protectionist sentiments could precipitate a major conflict despite the risk of mutually assured destruction. When World War II ended, Washington decided to create a new rules-based world order. International...

Threat of Piracy Heightened Off Somalia and Yemen

December 18, 2017

The increased threat of piracy off Somalia and Yemen since the Aris 13 hijacking in March is set to continue due to heightened insecurity in the High Risk Area. Reports of pirate activity in the High Risk Area (HRA) region have increased by more than five times over the past 12 months, totaling...

Your Brain on Terrorism

March 29, 2017

What will you do the next time you hear there’s a major terror attack? News networks swarm our minds with blanket coverage on terrorism, but this footage may be more beneficial to ratings than safety. Television exposes excruciating details, images, replays and sensationalized segments about...

Negotiating with Terrorists: Tactics and Strategy

September 03, 2014

Governments may negotiate with terrorists for both tactical and strategic reasons. Every responsible government facing a long-term terrorist campaign announces that it does not negotiate with terrorists. And yet virtually every one of them does. Is this just blatant hypocrisy? No government...