Why We Should Call It the “War for Terror”

December 07, 2018

Throughout history, the US has defined itself by its capacity to make war and its ability to convince itself that it was doing so in the name of democracy and progress. This is the first of a two-part series. The numbers are in, though they are provisional and incomplete. Brown University’s...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Shock” of Trump

May 28, 2018

Trump and North Korea: what happens when the US is governed by a shock doctrinaire. The Guardian relays this remark made by Will Ripley, a CNN reporter, after he read out loud to North Korean officials Donald Trump’s letter in which he announced that he was canceling the proposed talks with...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Daylight” Between the Koreas

February 16, 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence weighs in on the Korean conflict. The ongoing rivalry between Donald Trump’s White House and Kim Jong Un’s nuclear North Korea has taken an interesting turn as the two Koreas are showing signs of wishing to define the future of their peninsula on their own...

We May No Longer Be Able to End Wars

March 09, 2016

In a world awash with weak states, powerful weapons and crumbling institutions, conflicts can easily continue for generations—and perhaps never end. Jason Smith was both very unlucky and very lucky. His bad luck began on February 20, 2015, when he was walking back to his home in McAdoo,...

Cultural Engagement, Not Military, Will End the Korean War

January 10, 2016

The Korean War is the root cause of all human suffering on the peninsula. The cycle must be broken, says Michael Bassett.  In 2013, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, and the world responded by inducing a period of brinksmanship that came dangerously close to spiraling the unending...