The Things They Carried (And Then Left Behind)

Uncle Sam has quite the hole in his pocket. As the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan continues, critics understandably worry about who is left behind. However, perhaps as frustrating is the emerging picture of what is being left behind.

Beware of Fulda Gap Syndrome: China is Not Rushing into Afghanistan

President Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan has been met with approval by a majority of Americans. However, a curious set of detractors in the media and think tank sphere have recently been fretting that the withdrawal of American troops in Afghanistan somehow benefits China.

The Only Known Known: Rumsfeld, Iraq and the End of Both

Photo Credit: Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo/DVIDS By Scott Strgacich On June 17, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld, the war's chief architect, died just two weeks later at age 88.  Prepare for the impending onslaught of respectable opinion. Eulogies … Continue reading The Only Known Known: Rumsfeld, Iraq and the End of Both

What Does the UAE-Israel Treaty Mean for the Middle East?

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and de facto leader of the UAE By Ethan Kessler Last week, in a small ceremony in the Oval Office, Israel signed a treaty with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), normalizing relations between the two Middle Eastern powers. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also … Continue reading What Does the UAE-Israel Treaty Mean for the Middle East?

U.S. Aid and Restraint Amidst Lebanon’s Crisis

Destroyed Grain Silo at Beirut Port. By Alison O'Neil Video footage of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, shocked the international community Tuesday. According to the New York Times, the blast - attributed to a large deposit of ammonium nitrate and set off by a warehouse fire – injured 5,000 and killed, so far, 135, … Continue reading U.S. Aid and Restraint Amidst Lebanon’s Crisis

Overcoming Myopic Militarism: A Case for Restraint

By Ethan Kessler Right now, America’s Middle East policy is significantly detached from the American national interest. An honest review of America’s interests in the Middle East reveals that they do not require today’s force posture. A bare-bones force posture and military restraint should fully substitute for the sweeping military presence currently in place.  America’s … Continue reading Overcoming Myopic Militarism: A Case for Restraint

Drawing Down: The Case for a Reduced But Reliable Middle Eastern Military Presence

By Alison O'Neil Oil on the Brain: Reconsidering the Carter Doctrine Middle Eastern affairs have dictated major aspects of American foreign policy for decades, catalyzing wars and covert action as well as some of the United States’ strongest alliances.  Throughout the history of American involvement, one policy objective has stood out from the others: the … Continue reading Drawing Down: The Case for a Reduced But Reliable Middle Eastern Military Presence

Syria, Yugoslavia, and A Lesson for America

Yugoslavian Army General Headquarters building damaged during NATO bombing. Source: Not Home at Wikimedia By Coleman Hopkins President Trump’s recently expressed desire to withdraw US forces from Syria has set off neoconservative and progressive critics who charge that such an action would put the security of America’s regional allies at risk, and would even advance … Continue reading Syria, Yugoslavia, and A Lesson for America

An (In)Visible Enemy: Climate Change

Thwaites Glacier. Image credit: NASA   By Natalie Wu With the conclusion of the Iraq War and the winding down of the War in Afghanistan, there has been a new consensus in Washington D.C. that "great power competition” is replacing terrorism as the primary threat to U.S. national security. This viewpoint is most clearly articulated … Continue reading An (In)Visible Enemy: Climate Change

Exclusive: Syrian Christian leader on the US intervention, Kurdish-Christian relations, Turkish plans for Syria

Image: Natalie Wu By Matthew Petti As the fight against ISIS winds down, Syria’s minorities once again have to choose sides in the struggle for their country’s future. Syriac Christians, also known as Assyrians or Chaldeans, are one of the smallest ethnic and religious groups in Syria. But they have an important role to play … Continue reading Exclusive: Syrian Christian leader on the US intervention, Kurdish-Christian relations, Turkish plans for Syria