After Bostock
Gorsuch’s Razor

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on transgender rights will only inflame the culture war—and transpeople may be caught in the crossfire.

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The German Drawdown Debacle
Bad Policy, Worse Reasons

The Trump Administration finally offers a rationale for the German troop drawdown. It doesn’t make sense.

Transatlantic Tribulations
The German Drawdown Debacle

Trump’s (unannounced) plan to withdraw 9,500 American troops from Germany may be inevitable. But it’s still an awful idea.

(DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)
Earthquake and Aftershocks
The Looming Crisis in Civil-Military Relations

Secretary Mattis and other retired officers have every reason to speak out against the President. Their decision to do so, however, will reverberate well past Trump’s time.

Post-COVID World Order
The Shape of a Real Grand Strategy

COVID-19 has opened people’s eyes to the China challenge. Effectively meeting it, however, will ask more of us than many imagine.

Gender Troubles
A Short History of Decline

From 18th-century Britain to Trump-era America, concerns about geopolitical weakness have gone hand in hand with sexual panic. Rarely do the worst-case scenarios come to pass.

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The Foreign Policy Debate We Need
Is a New Kirkpatrick Doctrine the Answer?

Five experts respond to Svante E. Cornell’s essay, “How Should America Deal with Authoritarian States?” and discuss the legacy of Jeane Kirkpatrick for policymakers today.

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The Unreality of Realism
The Strategic Case for Supporting Ukraine

In the impeachment hearings, the place of Ukraine in U.S. foreign policy strategy gets lost. It’s important—there remains a strong strategic rationale.

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Empire of Liberty
The Personality of American Power

Challenges to America’s role abroad are more likely to lead to a strategic restoration than a realist revolution.

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