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December 3, 2018

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2019

Anniversaries recall our triumphs, honor our losses, and mark our tragedies. Two thousand eighteen witnessed many significant anniversaries: the centennial of the end World War I, the fiftieth annive…

D-Day invasion

November 15, 2018

United States
Presidents and War Powers

PDF Version. A review of Michael Beschloss, “Presidents of War” (Crown Books, 2018).  *** The U.S. Constitution vests the president with “executive power” and provides that “The President sh…

Lectern with presidential seal

November 11, 2018

United States
Thanking America’s Veterans

Today is Veterans Day. Americans first celebrated it on November 11, 1919, one year to the day after the end of the conflict they knew as the Great War and we (regrettably) know today as World War I…

Vets Day 2018

November 8, 2018

World Order
History Echoes as Trump Heads to Armistice Day Centennial

The turbulent aftermath of World War I informs our troubled times and reminds us of the potency of nationalism, the attraction of authoritarianism, the risks of economic fragmentation, the temptation…

A soldier's helmet hangs on a wooden cross on Armistice Day in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 11, 2006.

October 10, 2018

China
Who Controls the Tap? Addressing Water Security in Asia

The absence of a U.S. response to China’s encroachment on Asia’s rivers points to a failure to comprehend the regional implications of increased competition for water resources.

China water hydropower

January 5, 2017

Afghanistan
How Many Bombs Did the United States Drop in 2016?

This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Jennifer Wilson.  [Note: This post was updated to reflect an additional strike in Yemen in 2016, announced by U.S. Central Command on Janu…

obamabiden

September 4, 2018

Nuclear Energy
America Risks Missing Out On A Global Nuclear Power Revival

Background reading on the future of the global nuclear trade and the commercial opportunities and national security risks that it presents to the United States.

Nuclear towers

April 24, 2017

Military Operations
How the Pentagon Announces Killing Terrorists Versus Civilians 

This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Jennifer Wilson.  Last week, the U.S. military announced an accomplishment that has come to define progress in the war on terrorism—the de…

bomb

August 10, 2005

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Interview with Major Isaiah Wilson III on Pentagon reform

The Defense Department has developed war plans to thwart terrorist attacks within the United States, raising the possibility that ground troops may be dispatched on U.S. soil in the event of an emerg…

June 23, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
You Might Have Missed: Academic Journals VI

This is the sixth blog post in this series. The previous five were published in February, July, and October 2015, and January and May 2016, and highlight earlier academic findings. This post was coau…

woman looks into a book