What Next for Tehran and Trump?

January 07, 2020

In the days since the January 3 assassination of Major General Qassem Suleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force, on the orders of US President Donald Trump, the world has anxiously waited to see whether, where and how Tehran would fulfill its pledge to wreak vengeance on the Americans. Thus far,...

The Forever War in the Middle East Is Far from Over

January 18, 2019

US involvement in Syria — hesitant, misguided, quixotic — has been benighted from the beginning. Donald Trump wants to pull US troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it’s Friday, so that’s what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he’ll insist that Syria pay...

Just Like the Banks, War Itself Has Become Too Big to Fail

December 13, 2018

In US policy, business almost always trumps democratic aspirations, human rights and the needs of the environment. This is the second of a two-part series. George W. Bush, the president, solved the problem Bush, the candidate, had highlighted: his ignorance of the identity of “them.” Instead...

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...