- CommentarySep 30, 2014
Much of the debate over the air war and “boots on the ground” ignores the real center of gravity in the campaign against the Islamic State. There is no near-term possibility of any form of military victory unless the new Iraqi government can bring Iraq’s Arab Shi’ite, Arab Sunnis, and Kurds back together as some form of functioning state.
- CommentaryBy Gerald HymanSep 23, 2014
Again, the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are working on a new Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). It is intended to map a fresh four-year strategy for U.S. foreign policy agencies excluding the Department of Defense.
- CommentarySep 23, 2014
No action the United States and President Obama takes can eliminate the fact that the campaign against the Islamic State involves major risks, many of which are beyond U.S. control:
- CommentarySep 22, 2014
With the election of the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in May 2014, one important question is asked with remarkable consistency—“Can Modi’s development record in Gujarat be replicated nationally?” Most people take this to be a polar question—either “yes” or “no.” The reality is likely to be somewhere in between.
- CommentarySep 19, 2014
There are times the United States does not need an enemy in going to war. It poses enough of a threat to itself without any foreign help. The current debate over ground troops in Iraq and Syria threatens to be yet another case in point, compounding the American threats to America that have done so much damage in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and the earlier fighting in Iraq.
- CommentarySep 18, 2014
Vietnam’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, will visit Washington in early October for consultations with Secretary of State John Kerry. Their meetings will provide a venue for adding more concrete components and depth to the comprehensive partnership announced when President Truong Tan Sang visited the Oval Office in July 2013.
- CommentarySep 18, 2014
Historians may come to see September 18th, 2014 as the accidental beginning of the long-term unwinding of the great European integration project that was birthed from the ashes of two world wars in the 20th century.
- CommentaryBy Daniel F. Runde, Jeremiah MagpileSep 17, 2014
Achieving the World Trade Organization (WTO) trade facilitation agreement is one of the most important opportunities for global development and trade.
- CommentarySep 17, 2014
After trying hard to downplay policy in Syria and Iraq, the Obama White House has dived in. The recorded beheadings of two Americans seem to have crystalized a whole new policy approach, creating an open-ended U.S. military commitment against the so-called “Islamic State.” While the new U.S. policy is more than merely a military strategy, it is much more military than it should be.
- CommentarySep 16, 2014
If there is any one lesson of the Afghan and Iraq Wars, it is that it is far easier to begin a conflict than to manage it well and achieve a meaningful form of victory.