Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch

June 03, 2021

After his meeting with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, during his visit to Israel following last month’s ceasefire, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained his goals: "As I told the president, I'm here to underscore the commitment of the United States to...

Russia and China Draw Closer Over Rivalry with the US

September 25, 2018

As aspiring global powers, both Russia and China are trying to upgrade their roles on the global stage and carve out their respective spheres of influence. On September 11, Russia launched one of the largest military exercises since 1981. Vostok 2018 (East 2018) took place in the Far East of...

Extinguishing the World’s Oldest Democratic Project

January 03, 2018

What is happening to America’s democracy? Under the presidency of Donald Trump, America’s most venerable institutions have been compromised or attacked and its values questioned. The assertion seems risible: the United States, the world’s lone superpower, the most powerful military in the...

High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump

September 06, 2017

The US blames everyone but itself for the sorry state of global affairs. Let me try to get this straight: From the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently, just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation,...

Trump Draws Geopolitical Battle Lines in South Asia

August 22, 2017

Pakistan’s refusal to confront its demons could leave it out in the cold. US President Donald Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan; a tougher approach toward Pakistan’s selective...

Will Recent Congressional Actions Have Any Impact on US Foreign Policy?

August 17, 2017

US Congress isn’t “stepping up” on foreign policy so much as sticking to a decades-old policy status quo. President Donald Trump just signed into law a bill reinforcing sanctions on Russia. And, for a brief time, Congress seemed ready to revisit the Authorization for Use of Military Force...

America’s Values Should Guide its Foreign Policy

May 23, 2017

Without the compass of values to guide foreign policy, we descend to profit and power and sacrifice principle and people. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed his State Department employees in Washington earlier this month. It was his first significant encounter with his charges since...

The Real Threat to US Interests in Afghanistan

April 12, 2017

If Russia and China make progress in Afghanistan, they will be emboldened elsewhere. On March 9, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stepped into the press briefing room to announce a review of American policy in Afghanistan. His major point? That the White House is “working with … key...

Will Trump Complete the Pivot to Asia?

February 16, 2017

Barack Obama failed to execute an economic and military pivot to Asia. Will Donald Trump pick up the fumble and run with it? James Mattis visited Asia this month on his first foreign trip as the new head of the Pentagon. It was less a get-acquainted visit than a damage control tour. His boss,...

US-Russian Relations in an Uncomfortable World Order

January 30, 2017

There is a failure in the West to understand how the Kremlin interprets Washington's basic foreign policy aims and intentions. The telephone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump on January 29 was the first official contact between the two leaders since...

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