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

National Security Priorities for the Biden Administration

By Fiona Harrigan President Joe Biden’s campaign success largely hinged on promises of change. He spoke of prioritizing alliances, promoting U.S. leadership abroad, and transmitting American values across the world. In the first weeks of his presidency, however, he fell into a concerningly familiar foreign policy rut. By the one-month mark, he had dropped bombs … Continue reading National Security Priorities for the Biden Administration

Mining to Win: The Growing Strategic Imperative for Domestic Mineral Supply

By Andrew C. Jarocki The Hull-Rust-Mahoning Mine is one of the largest active open pit mines in the US. Photo Credit: CC/Wikimedia Commons/Chipcity The rise of electric vehicles and other energy technologies will dramatically increase demand for strategic minerals. As a result, domestic mining has a new importance to the national interest and the US … Continue reading Mining to Win: The Growing Strategic Imperative for Domestic Mineral Supply

The Imperial Presidency: A Homegrown Phenomenon

By Gray Farris A title of position is just that -- a title. Sometimes, that title is derived from historical precedent, while others are derived from a unique creation of those distributing the powers of a particular government. No such title is more controversial or public than that of the President of the United States. … Continue reading The Imperial Presidency: A Homegrown Phenomenon

Indictment of the Executive 

By Solomon Bennett In the wake of the attacks by al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush responded by requesting an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from Congress which provided the president with the power to “to deter and preempt any future acts of terrorism or aggression against the United States.” … Continue reading Indictment of the Executive 

Why America can’t talk itself out of North Korea

By Guzi He Albert Einstein described insanity as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. Likewise, world leaders have repeatedly put faith in negotiating denuclearization with North Korea — despite their ritualistic handshakes and photo ops always ending in a flurry of missiles.  Since the February summit in Hanoi, Pyongyang … Continue reading Why America can’t talk itself out of North Korea

The Missing Branch: A Blueprint for Bold Congressional Leadership on Foreign Policy

Image: Getty Images By Andrew Jarocki Nothing is more dangerous than an unchecked executive. What does the Russian occupation of the Crimea and Chinese bullying in the South China Sea have in common? Both are violent adventurism at the whim of one unchecked leader. Unfortunately, the United States increasingly suffers from this dangerous temptation as … Continue reading The Missing Branch: A Blueprint for Bold Congressional Leadership on Foreign Policy

Long Wars and Their Discontents

  By Scott Strgacich One day in 14th century Italy, two friars entered the castle of Sir John Hawkwood, the storied English mercenary captain, to petition him regarding some minor business. “May God give you peace, my lord,” they began. “May God take away your alms,” Sir John responded venomously. “Do you not know that … Continue reading Long Wars and Their Discontents

The Balance of Power Never Left

Written by Samuel Leiter In 2019, we sit on the precipice of the first transition in international politics since the end of the Cold War. The United States’ position as the pre-eminent global power is beingquestioned. Donald Trump’s boisterous threats to end American alliances and the rise of leaders who repudiate the existing international order reflect that America’s world order and unipolar moment are in their twilight … Continue reading The Balance of Power Never Left