How Did Intervention Become a Dirty Word?

October 13, 2016

Civilians in Iraq and Syria are paying the price for Western weariness of military interventions. The Syrian city of Aleppo now resembles an eerie ghost of Dresden or Stalingrad—burning, in ruins, decimated and helpless. Millions have been displaced across the region, hundreds of thousands...

Research Shows Nations Really Do Go to War Over Oil

January 28, 2015

Most states claim human rights or democracy is the reason for military intervention, but the data says otherwise. The “thirst for oil” is often put forward as a near self-evident explanation behind military interventions in places such as Libya or Sudan. Oil, or the lack of oil, is also said...

Credible Threats and Credible Outcomes on Syria’s Gas

September 25, 2013

Syria's appalling civil war must come to an end. The agreement that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently hammered out in Geneva will, if implemented, prove a milestone in the century-long effort to contain the horrors of modern war. For the first...