Defense and Security

Foreign Affairs Article

Time to Attack Iran

Author: Matthew Kroenig

Opponents of military action against Iran assume a U.S. military strike would be far more dangerous than simply letting Tehran build a bomb. Not so, argues this former Pentagon defense planner. With a carefully designed strike, Washington could mitigate the costs—or at least bring them down to a bearable level—and spare the region and the world from an unacceptable threat.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Groundhog War

Author: Bing West

Two documentaries on the Afghan war, Restrepo and Armadillo, show how a combination of overwhelming military resources and aggressive counterinsurgency ultimately leads to frustration on the battlefield.

See more in Wars and Warfare; Afghanistan

Foreign Affairs Article

Groundhog War

Author: Bing West

Two documentaries on the Afghan war, Restrepo and Armadillo, show how a combination of overwhelming military resources and aggressive counterinsurgency ultimately leads to frustration on the battlefield.

See more in Wars and Warfare; Afghanistan

Foreign Affairs Article

The Dangers of a Nuclear Iran

Authors: Eric S. Edelman, Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr., and Evan Braden Montgomery

It is unclear how a nuclear-armed Iran would weigh the costs, benefits, and risks of brinkmanship, meaning that it could be difficult to deter Tehran from attacking the United States' interests or partners in the region.

See more in Proliferation; Iran