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Pompeo Criticizes Obama’s Middle East Policy, Explains New Era Has Begun
Pompeo’s Cairo Speech Criticizes Obama’s Middle East Policy, Explains New Era Has Begun

Observers expected Pompeo’s Cairo visit to defend President Trump’s drawdown in Syria. Instead, Pompeo systematically dismantled the failed Middle East policies of the Obama administration.

Trump Foreign Policy: Almost as Bad as I Feared
Paul Miller on Trump and the Fearful Decline of the International Order

We were mostly right about his hateful rhetoric, fundamental dishonesty, trade wars, admiration for foreign dictators, and wild inconsistency. But we overestimated Trump’s competence and work ethic. His ability to bring material harm to the United States has been limited by how little he works and how little he knows about the presidency.

Organ Failure: The United Nations’ Case against the UN
Organ Failure: The UN’s Case against the UN

The United Nations has failed to do what it was created to do—“promote the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security.”

Between Iran and a Hard Place: Will the US Follow-Through?
Between Iran and a Hard Place: Will the US Follow-Through?

Trump could have chosen the deal. He could have chosen retrenchment. But he could not choose both.

False-Flag Conspiracy Theories are Wrong, and Trump Should Strike Syria - Chemical Weapons
False-Flag Conspiracy Theories are Wrong, and Trump Should Strike Syria

If Assad is permitted to continue employing chemical weapons with impunity, he will successfully normalize them. US forces, our allies, and civilians in the region and around the world will be in great danger of becoming victims of the same.

How Will France Defend Itself? An Analysis of the French National Security Strategy
How Will France Defend Itself? An Analysis of the French National Security Strategy

The French Ministry of the Armed Forces plans to increase defense spending from about 40.8 billion euros in 2017 to 42.8 billion euros in 2018, with increases projected to continue through 2025.

Britain Has a Flawed Response to Islamist Terrorism’s Threat
Britain Has a Flawed Response to Islamist Terrorism’s Threat

The UK’s very broad counter-extremism strategy is inadequate to address terrorism and violent extremism, Islamist or otherwise.

Show Last Resort the Exit - Just War Tradition
Show Last Resort the Exit

If we use last resort to prevent war in almost all circumstances because we see the use of force as evil, we do not preserve peace but instead allow injustices to go unchecked.

Religion in Russian Geopolitical Strategy
Religion in Russian Geopolitical Strategy

As daunting as it may be, closing the God gap is a necessary step to improving communication with Russia and other important actors in international affairs.