The US, Iran and a New American Deployment

Iran’s influence has spread across the Middle East, and the U.S. is pushing back.

A Coalition of the Less-Than-Willing

June 14, 2017 The U.S. convinced Arab governments to work together against jihadism. Now it needs to focus them.

Spain’s Uneven Success Story

Even though Spain’s economy has recovered, its politics are in crisis.

The Terrible Magic of Atomic Weapons

Aug. 2, 2017 It’s hard to build a national policy on the assumption that these weapons moderate the depraved.

The Nature of Nations

Over the past few weeks, I have discussed the relationship between geography and the evolution of three countries: the United States, Australia and Hungary. A key distinction I drew between them was that the United States and Australia were invented countries while Hungary was an organic country. This week, we’ll examine this idea further. Invented […]

Turkey’s Middle East Aspirations Beyond Afrin

Turkey’s path to Manbij and greater control of its border with Syria is almost wide open.

Russia’s Strategy: Built on Illusion

July 19, 2017 The appearance of weakness might be Moscow’s biggest threat.

The Brilliant and the Absurd in Vienna

A geopolitical journey into the city that was once the intellectual and cultural center of Europe.

Thinking About the Trump-Putin Meeting

The American president was not restrained by his advisers, but domestic politics imposes its own limits.

El Alamein: The British Empire’s Last Hurrah

Oct. 25, 2017 After the opening of the Suez Canal, control of the Mediterranean became an obsession for the British.

In Germany, Politics Recollects History

Disagreements over immigration threaten the ruling coalition.

The Limits of Nuclear Arms Treaties

The idea that a treaty can mitigate the threat of war simply misses the point.