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The Middle East & Beyond
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China and the US
The National Security State of the Future

How economic competition with China could cause the United States to resemble its adversary.

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The Middle East & Beyond
New Cold War…Not

If we misuse terms, our thinking becomes muddled. Take the suddenly ubiquitous phrase: “new Cold War.”

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After The Strike
The Meaning of “Hard” in Syria

Splitting the Assad-Iranian-Russian coalition cannot wait much longer.

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America's Institutional Health
You Can’t Fix Stupid?

The changes wrought by scientific-technical innovation are far outrunning the capacity of our temperamentally conservative institutions to keep up with them.

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Limited Options
Seriously: A U.S.-Nork Summit Revisited

Why the idea of a Trump-Kim summit has some merit—if handled properly, that is.

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Church and State
Can Americans Count to Three?

The Anglo-Protestant basis of U.S. foreign policy.

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The Middle East & Beyond
The Syria Chemical Weapons Portfolio Thickens

The yawning duplicity of the Syrian regime and its Russian lawyers grows wider, and the irresponsible claims of the Obama Administration become more obvious than ever.

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Grand Strategy
Beyond the Blobbers

The chatter that passes for foreign policy debate these days is not happening at the level of grand strategy, and fails to look broadly at the circumstances the United States finds itself in.

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The Middle East & Beyond
After Parkland: An FBI Post Datum

Yes, the FBI faces structural problems common to large organizations of its kind, but it is also not the most efficient or effective at dealing with those problems.

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The Trouble With Optimism
Syria in the Rear-View Mirror

The fanciful belief that things can’t get any worse in the Syrian civil war is about to be tested.

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