On the Suez Canal and Chokepoints

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I’ve often written about chokepoints – those narrow passageways, on land or at sea, that are essential for the movement of goods and people...

China’s Strategic Standpoint

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One of the hardest problems of foreign policy is developing an accurate evaluation of a potential adversary’s intentions and capabilities, which are frequently separate...

B-52s in the Middle East

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For all the world’s vastness and complexity, my attention is constantly drawn back to the Middle East, where there is much to think about....

The US, Iran and Bargaining Positions

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The Iranian government has announced that it will not attend the first round of negotiations over restoring the agreement that limited its ability to...

America’s Iran Strategy

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President Barack Obama’s administration had a primary goal in the Middle East: It did not want Iran to become a nuclear power. It did...

Speculating on China and Cuba

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From a military standpoint, China is in a difficult position. It is a trading power and needs access to the global oceans. Its significant...

The Institutionalization of Crises

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About a year after the COVID-19 pandemic introduced its new rules of survival, my wife and I risked life and limb for the chance...

Biden’s ‘Reversals’

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Just about every U.S. president promises a new era of U.S. foreign policy. George W. Bush promised to abolish nation building as a goal....

A Major Contraction in Jobs

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Some 140,000 Americans lost their jobs last month, the largest decline in employment since last April. Yet, the unemployment rate stayed at roughly 6.7...

Britain Returns to Its Past

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As of Jan. 1, Britain has completed the process of leaving the European Union. The EU has assured all that dire consequences will haunt...

The Intelligence Dilemma

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The United States claims to have identified a massive Russian intelligence operation meant to gather secrets from corporations and the government. The line from...

The Institutional Crisis and COVID-19

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In “The Storm Before the Calm,” I wrote of two crises coming to a head in the 2020s: a socio-economic crisis and an institutional...

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