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.
Watch 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.
As part of the HBO-sponsored History Makers Series, Richard B. Myers discusses his distinguished military career, ending as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and military advisor to President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of CFR, and a former Pentagon and State Department official in the Johnson and Carter administrations, says the public criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald M. Rumsfeld by some retired senior military officers is due to their unhappiness "that they didn't speak up earlier, speak up while they were on the job."
In the face of mounting calls for his resignation, the secretary of defense is hanging tough. President Bush reiterates his support for Rumsfeld as the secretary defends his leadership of the Iraq war against attacks from retired senior military commanders.
The rise of China has long been a growing concern among U.S. foreign policymakers. Of particular concern is the strength of Chinese military power and its relation to U.S. military capability. This important report assesses the situation and concludes that China is at least two decades behind the United States in terms of military technology and capability. If the United States continues to dedicate significant resources to improving its own military forces, as expected, the balance between the United States and China, both globally and in Asia, is likely to remain decisively in America’s favor beyond the next twenty years.
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
Blackwill and Campbell analyze the rise of Chinese President Xi Jinping and call for a new American grand strategy for Asia.
Williams argues that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
Kurlantzick offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. More
In a cogent analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power, Blackwill and Harris explore the statecraft of geoeconomics. More
Takeyh and Simon reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. More
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