Iran and the Problem of Occupation Warfare

For the U.S., defeating the Iranian military wouldn’t be the end of the war.

Why Erdogan Can’t Give Up on Istanbul

The local mayoral race will be re-held, but time isn’t on the president’s side.

Is the Shale Revolution Here to Stay?

Critics of the U.S. shale industry question its staying power.

Russia and Iran: Strange Bedfellows No Longer?

The Syrian war is winding down, and alliances are beginning to sour.

The Story of Venezuela

It’s time to take a break from my search for the meaning of the nation and turn my focus to specific countries. I will start with Venezuela, which has been experiencing a political and economic crisis for several years. I spent a good deal of time in Venezuela in the 1990s. The reason for my […]

Visiting China

I can’t explain China. I don’t know it well enough, and sometimes it seems to me that the Chinese are experts on their country, but they’re experts that don’t agree. Still, China is an American adversary, and an adversarial relationship between these two countries is dangerous even if it doesn’t lead to war. Therefore, I […]

Digging in for a Longer Trade War

If the political constraints on Xi are so steep that Beijing can’t even rubber stamp its way out from under 25 percent tariffs, it doesn’t bode well for the negotiations going forward.

The US, Iran and ‘Sabotage’ in the Persian Gulf

Four oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz were targets of “sabotage” attacks from unknown sources.