Outside Publications

Outside Publications

The Middle East In Conflict: The Empires Strike Back

The past four years have witnessed a series of convulsions in the Middle East that threaten to overwhelm the nearly century-old legacy of the Westphalia-like, post World War I European order, exemplified by the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement. The relatively short-lived Arab Spring, highlighted by the emergence, and then overthrow of the first-ever Muslim Brotherhood government in the region, was followed in turn by an increasingly violent insurrection in the Sinai.

Hindu Nationalism and the Foreign Policy of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party

Despite India being a predominantly Hindu country, its nationalist movement was mostly secular. Indeed the principal architect of India’s foreign policy, Jawaharlal Nehru, was a staunch secularist. More to the point, the makers of India’s post-independence constitution envisaged it as a secular, democratic republic. Consequently, religion, especially in the first several decades of India’s independence, played little or no role in its foreign policy.

Forgetting Afghanistan

Since publishing a book on America’s age of unwinnable conflicts a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been asked hundreds of questions about topics ranging from ISIS to Ukraine, from the military-industrial complex to reinstating the draft.

But I can’t recall a single person asking me about the war in Afghanistan.

Obama Cedes Mideast to Iran

The United States is on the verge of giving up its influence in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. The most obvious indication of this abdication of power and influence is the flawed — nay disastrous — nuclear agreement with Iran. But it is also confirmed by the de facto U.S. acquiescence in Iranian violations of freedom of navigation, a cornerstone of American foreign policy for decades.

Putin Celebrates Stalinism. Again.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 10 once again justified the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact as a statesmanlike act of defending Russia's national interests. This time Putin did so with German Chancellor Angela Merkel next to him.

Obama Torpedoes the Nuclear Navy

President Obama, possibly unaware of the implications, has made a mistake by nominating Adm. John Richardson as the new chief of naval operations. Adm. Richardson likely would do a fine job in that important role, but by trying to move him from his current position as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, the president has crossed a line and created a precedent that could have grave consequences for the effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear fleet.

Killed in Action in Ukraine: Putin’s Secret Funerals

Sergeant Leonid Kichatkin of the Russian 76th Airborne Division and Russian soldier Anton Tumanov died in August 2014 while fighting in eastern Ukraine. Their deaths amply demonstrate that Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine is false.

The Morality of Robotic War

Earlier this month, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was released in theaters across the United States, featuring Marvel comics superheroes battling evil robots powered by artificial intelligence and hellbent on destroying humanity.

The West's Failure of Nerve

Poland and the Baltic states intend to ask NATO to station a battalion or even larger units on their territory. The Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—want a brigade so that each country can host a battalion or permanent rotational forces. Poland's Foreign Minister, Grzegorz Schetyna, indicated that his government would request the permanent stationing of two heavy brigades, a formation that normally numbers up to 5,000 troops, on Polish soil.

Morocco's Role in Supporting Human Development in Africa

Moroccan King Mohammed VI has returned to sub-Saharan Africa -- beginning his tour in Senegal, with destinations in the today to follow including Ivory Coast, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. From an American standpoint, his ongoing efforts to intensify cooperation with the region present new opportunities: In the realm of commerce, Morocco maintains a free trade agreement with the United States and is poised to serve as a gateway to Africa.