Where Hypersonic Weapons Fit in the Future of War


The battles that will urgently require these are the battles that nations must win.

The Predictable Volatility of Iran and North Korea


One is coming to grips with its geographic constraints, the other is turning weakness into strength.

The War Over Season’s Greetings


Dec. 27, 2017 “Merry Christmas” is a religious greeting that has become a secular one.

Putin’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment in Syria


Dec. 20, 2017 In the Middle East, today’s successes can be tomorrow’s failures.

Europe’s Era of Harmony Is Over


Dec. 13, 2017 Polish voters, like those in Britain, elected not to harmonize with Europe.

The Coming Conflict Between China and Japan


Dec. 6, 2017 As the U.S. nears the limits of its power, regional powers will be more unencumbered than ever before.

Iran Reshapes the Middle East


Nov. 29, 2017 For the moment, Iran has been freed to assert itself.



Nov. 22, 2017 The German army during World War II regarded the city as a way station en route to Baku’s oil, but it turned out to be a meat grinder.

International Organizations Are Tools for Powerful Countries


Nov. 15, 2017 Multilateral groupings are usually impotent, so why are there so many of them?

Saudi Arabia’s Saturday Night Massacre


Nov. 8, 2017 Now is the beginning of a new Saudi Arabia or the end of an experiment.

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.

Xi’s Glittering Solutions for China


Oct. 20, 2017 Beneath the promises of a bright future was a subtle admission of the country’s weaknesses and the potential for failure.

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