- NATO and Ukraine: The Need for Real World Strategies and for European Partners Rather than ParasitesCommentaryJun 5, 2014
Events in Ukraine have made it all too clear that NATO’s primary function remains deterring war in Europe. The myth that Afghanistan was the key test of NATO had already died with President Obama’s unilateral decision to withdraw U.S. forces at the end of 2014, and events in Ukraine have already shown the United States just how pointless and vacuous the U.S.
- CommentaryJun 4, 2014
The President’s West Point speech struck many observers, including me, as incomplete. His great strength is his capacity to be the “leveler-in-chief” — especially on issues of war and peace.
- CommentaryBy Jane Nakano, Hong YangMay 30, 2014
Air pollution in China has turned into a major social problem and its mitigation has become a crucial political challenge for the country’s political leadership.
- CommentaryMay 29, 2014
U.S. secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker will travel to Vietnam, the Philippines, and Myanmar with American chief executive officers in early June. Her visit is important because for Asia the heart of sustained engagement and indeed the very concept of security is economics.
- CommentaryMay 28, 2014
Ukraine passed a major test Sunday with the election of a new President, Petro Poroshenko. While voting in the East was restricted by separatist violence, overall the turnout was still a respectable 60% of eligible voters.
- President Obama’s Announcement on Troop Levels in Afghanistan: No Plan, No Transparency, No Credibility, and No LeadershipCommentaryMay 28, 2014
President Obama announced troop levels for Afghanistan on May 27th in ways that make no effort to present a real plan or strategy. He simply set dates certain for the elimination of a meaningful U.S. military presence in 2015 – ignoring the fact that leaving half of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan in 2016 is too small in enabling capability to meet Afghan needs.
- CommentaryMay 23, 2014
Just two days after declaring martial law in what many observers deemed a “half-coup,” Thailand’s military finished the job on May 22. Army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha invited both government and opposition leaders to a second day of talks only to detain them and declare on national television that the military was taking control of the government.
- CommentaryMay 23, 2014
In early January 2013, a dozen deans from America’s premier public health schools wrote President Obama a letter protesting the CIA’s use of a faked vaccination campaign in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
- CommentaryMay 22, 2014
The night Hosni Mubarak fell from power, Egyptians of all shades, sizes, and beliefs came together to celebrate the end of a fading dictatorship and the beginning of a bright new future. Amidst singing and fireworks, flag-wrapped Egyptians wept with joy.
- CommentaryBy Maren Leed, Andrew MetrickMay 21, 2014
As budget turmoil continues, all of the military services continue to face uncertainty. In some cases, delays of tough choices may represent the best option to preserve future decision space until things become more clear. One such instance may be manifest in the reported determination by the Navy to delay determining the way ahead on its Carrier On Board Delivery (COD) replacement program.