- CommentaryMar 26, 2015
Yemen is a growing reminder of just how important the strategic U.S. partnership with Saudi Arabia really is. It is one thing to talk about the war against ISIS, and quite another to realize that U.S. strategic interests require a broad level of stability in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula and one that is dependent on Saudi Arabia as a key strategic partner.
- CommentaryMar 24, 2015
Syria’s civil war hasn’t gone away, but to many, it has suddenly become less urgent. The chaos unfolding in Yemen has drawn international energy and attention away from the conflict in Syria, now in its fifth year. Compared to Syria, Yemen’s neighbors see fewer battle lines and much greater proximity, alongside the same Iranian hand.
- CommentaryMar 23, 2015
Early this morning, the founder and spiritual leader of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, passed away with his family, citizens of Singapore, and people around the world literally and figuratively at his bedside, wishing him peace and contemplating his legacy.
- CommentaryMar 19, 2015
The Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force launched a raid on January 25 in Mamasapano on the southern island of Mindanao that killed wanted terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, known as Marwan, but at the cost of 44 police commandos’ lives.
- CommentaryMar 18, 2015
A year has passed since Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the formal annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation. This act, which in the Kremlin’s narrative amounted to the rightful return of an ancient Russian holy land, seemingly elevated Vladimir Putin to near savior-like status in the eyes of the Russian people.
- CommentaryBy Haim MalkaMar 18, 2015
Gunmen killed at least 17 foreigners and two Tunisians in the heart of the capital this morning. The attack took place at the Bardo Museum, a national symbol that is part of the heavily guarded parliamentary complex in downtown Tunis.
- CommentaryMar 17, 2015
In l985, faced with soaring U.S. trade deficits, industrial distress, and congressional pressure, Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III negotiated an agreement among the group of five leading industrial countries, known as the Plaza Accord, which coordinated the appreciation of their currencies against the dollar.
- CommentaryMar 17, 2015
Back in 1837, Hans Christian Anderson published a short story called the “Emperor’s New Clothes.” If there is anyone living who has not read it, two con men posing as tailors convince the emperor that their work is so superb that the fabric is only visible to those who are fit for his position, and anyone who cannot see it is clearly not suited for the throne.
- CommentaryMar 16, 2015
One of the ironies of a steadily more partisan Washington is that its politicians and policymakers continue to call for “strategy” without looking beyond the military dimension. One way to lose a war is to lose sight of the objective, and there seems to be an open contest between the administration and the Congress to see who can do the best job of ignoring the objective.
- CommentaryMar 12, 2015
In an otherwise pragmatic budget for 2015–2016 that has been hailed as growth oriented, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has not done enough to give a much needed boost to military modernization.