Richard N. Haass states, "... the American era in the Middle East is over."
Senator Kerry outlines his plan to restructure the U.S. military. He says President Bushs plan to return tens of thousands of troops to the United States from overseas bases does not strengthen our hand in the war against terror.
There is no evidence that signature strikes will be reduced or ended based upon anything the Obama administration has recently stated.
Actually, arming rebel groups has had a pretty good record of success. In fact, as I point out in my book, Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present, there is no more consistent determinant of the success or failure of any insurgency than the degree to which it receives outside support.
To date, Chinese officials have asserted that their interest in Gwadar is strictly a commercial effort to provide another energy corridor for Middle East oil, and Pakistani government officials stridently affirm this position. New Delhi, on the other hand, has expressed "concern" about the true motivations in developing Gwadar, suspecting that it is a Sino-Pak effort at encirclement.
The diplomatic strength and economic power of the United States depend upon a functioning global order and a system of international trade based on uncontested access to the global commons—the world's shared land, sea , air, and space—for all. Command of the global commons is what makes the United States a super power.
People love to talk about "red lines" for all sorts of challenges, and the Iranian nuclear program is no exception. The United States can, in principle, threaten stronger sanctions if Iran crosses certain red lines. It can threaten military action if Iran crosses others. But it's not clear that setting red lines—particularly in public, where failing to follow through on threats can be costly—is a productive course.
CFR experts Robert D. Blackwill and Janine Davidson unpack the 2015 national security strategy and consider how it might affect U.S. foreign policy and military operations.
Robert O. Work, deputy secretary of defense, joins James E. Sciutto, chief national security correspondent at CNN, to discuss Department of Defense policy toward the Asia-Pacific region.
Experts discuss managing risk in military planning, the effects of sequestration on defense, and tradeoffs between risk and available resources.
Michèle Flournoy discusses U.S. defense policy and strategy as well as broader international security challenges.
Experts discuss what lessons the military learned during the Iraq war, and how the war in Iraq will influence future policy making.