Why America Cares About Chemical Weapons

Upholding the norm against their use helps the U.S. win wars.

Can James Mattis Protect Trump From Hubris?

The president-elect and the risks of overconfidence

Why Donald Trump Needs David Petraeus

The president-elect doesn’t understand that war is politics, because he lacks experience in both war and politics.

Refusing to Nuke First

Why rejecting nuclear preemption reflects strength, not weakness

The Twenty Years’ War

Two decades ago, Osama bin Laden officially launched al-Qaeda’s struggle against the United States. Neither side has won.

How Not to Plan for ‘The Day After’ In Libya

In its anti-ISIS bombing campaign in Libya, the United States seems destined to once again sacrifice long-term stability for short-term gain.