Robert M. Gates, a Cold War veteran selected to remain as defense secretary, has won bipartisan praise for his pragmatism and handling of the Pentagon amid two wars.
Michael Gerson discusses the tactics of Gen. David Petaeus.
Gen. David Petraeus has created a broad new agenda that echoes many of the sentiments expressed by Barack Obama, while seemingly strayingaway from the close military relationship that once paired him with President George W. Bush.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ realism and the success of the Gates Doctrine has helped put at least one aspect of US foreign policy back on course, says Michael Gerson.
The departing head of Central Command was wrong about the surge, argues Max Boot.
Listen to J. Michael McConnell, director of national security, discuss the changing role of the national intelligence community in the post Cold War era.
Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry reflects on significant US foreign policy issues of his tenure, including Iran, Iraq, and nation-building.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved the Bush administration’s nominee for defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, who signaled he is open to new approaches in improving conditions in Iraq.
General Tommy Franks speaks on how victory, specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan, should be defined.
Gary G. Sick, a prominent expert on Iran, worked with Robert M. Gates in the White House during the Ford and Carter administrations. He says the nomination of Gates to replace Donald M. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense marks a moment of “real change” for the administration of George W. Bush.
President Bush’s choice of Robert M. Gates to head the Defense Department has raised expectations of a new course on Iraq, or at least a change in tone on how to handle the administration’s security challenges.
Retired Marine Lieut. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, who has coauthored a book on the planning for the Iraq war, says that departing Secretary of Defense Donald M. Rumsfeld will probably leave a “negative legacy” as a result of his insistence on refusing military requests to plan adequately for the chaos that arose in Iraq.
The first change to follow the Democrats’ midterm victory in Congress is a major one—the resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Listen U.S. Air Force General Richard B. Myers speak about his military career and his contribution to U.S. foreign policy Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Marten outlines how U.S. policymakers can deter Russian aggression with robust support for NATO, while reassuring Russia of NATO’s defensive intentions.
Segal offers recommendations for cooperation on issues such as encryption, data localization, and cybersecurity.
Knopf argues that the only remaining path for South Sudan is for an international transitional administration to run the country for a finite period.
The definitive account of the secret war in Laos, which forever changed the CIA from a relatively small spying agency into an organization with vast paramilitary powers. More
CFR President Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism to climate change. More
Alden provides an enlightening history of the last four decades of U.S. trade policies and a blueprint for how to keep the United States competitive in a globalized economy. More
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