Will Trump Complete the Foreign Policy Pivot to Asia?

Will Trump Complete the Foreign Policy Pivot to Asia?

James Mattis visited Asia this month on his first foreign trip as the new head of the Pentagon. It was less a get-acquainted visit than a damage control tour. His boss, President Donald Trump, had threatened to escalate tensions with China and prevent North Korea from...
Rethinking U.S. Foreign Policy on Oil and the Middle East Wars

Rethinking U.S. Foreign Policy on Oil and the Middle East Wars

While drastically low gas prices may not mean anything more than savings at the pump for the average American consumer, shifts in global oil prices and production could bring the Middle East to the precipice of transformation. The flooded oil market—the result of U.S....
What a Sanders Foreign Policy Doctrine Could Look Like

What a Sanders Foreign Policy Doctrine Could Look Like

Lots of people—supporters and opponents alike—are asking what a Bernie Sanders foreign policy doctrine would look like. Beyond a few specific references and the important reminder that he, unlike Hillary Clinton, opposed the Iraq War, he’s tended to redirect questions...
U.S. Support for the Saudi Regime is a Humanitarian Disaster

U.S. Support for the Saudi Regime is a Humanitarian Disaster

Although the Saudis have promised a high-level committee to investigate civilian deaths from their airstrikes in Yemen, they continue to strike civilian targets with countless deaths and destructions. For instance, among those recently killed in an airstrike on an...

The Coming Global Food Fight

Food prices around the world are surging. Between July of last year and this January alone, the price of wheat has doubled. Indeed, the cost of food has now passed the record levels of 2008, when angry citizens staged huge protests in dozens of countries. Currently,...

Let’s Stay out of Libya

Yet again, our leaders think they’ve got a calling to save a country in the Middle East. You would think with the bang-up job we’ve done saving Iraq and Afghanistan (not to mention Kuwait and Saudi Arabia) we could call it a day, wouldn’t you? But...

Neo-Con Hawks Take Flight over Libya

In a distinct echo of the tactics they pursued to encourage U.S. intervention in the Balkans and Iraq, a familiar clutch of neo-conservatives appealed Friday for the United States and NATO to “immediately” prepare military action to help bring down the...

All-American Decline in a New World

This is a global moment unlike any in memory, perhaps in history. Yes, comparisons can be made to the wave of people power that swept Eastern Europe as the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989-91. For those with longer memories, perhaps 1968 might come to mind, that...

The New War Congress: An Obama-Republican War Alliance

Oddly enough, doing so brings some surprising silver linings into view. The House and Senate have had Democratic majorities for the past four years. In January, the House will be run by Republicans, while the Democratic majority in the Senate will shrink. We still...

A World Made by War

You could even say that I celebrated my ninth birthday last week, without cake, candles, presents, or certainly joy. I’ve had two mobilized moments in my life. The first was in the Vietnam War years; the second, the one that leaves me as a nine-year-old, began...

Obama Fighting on all Fronts

Tuesday evening’s prime-time television address marking the withdrawal of all US “combat” troops from Iraq, as well as the following day’s formal launch here of direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian...

Obama’s Failing Middle East Policy

Only fifteen months after his historic Cairo speech, there are alarming signs that President Obama’s new engagement policy with the Middle East may soon find its place in history’s dustbin. The Obama administration’s withdrawal announcement of US...