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April 24, 2014 |

The Pivot to Nothing (Registration Required)

April 4, 2014 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

We Don't Understand Our Troops

April 4, 2014 |

Why the Long Face? (Registration Required)

March 11, 2014 | Foreign Policy

The White House Needs to Shut Up (Registration Required)

Every time the administration opens its mouth, it's only making things worse in Ukraine.    
March 10, 2014 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The Forgotten War (Registration Required)

How Obama can salvage the fight he's losing in Afghanistan.    
March 7, 2014 | War on the Rocks

This QDR Is A Budget Document, Not A Strategy Document

Secretary Hagel claims that the fiscal year (FY) 2015 defense budget “matches our strategy to our resources…Our updated defense strategy,” that is. Updated because the...
March 4, 2014 | Politico

Obama The Narcissist

As Vladimir Putin’s troops seize control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, President Obama is facing what some have called the biggest foreign policy challenge of his presidency. True or not, it’s clear his response to this crisis will test him as rarely before. Will he risk a war in Europe to save Ukraine? Punish the Russians through...
February 13, 2014 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Defending Indefensible Political Ambassadors (Registration Required)

America and the world were once again treated this week to the tawdry spectacle of wholly unqualified people being anointed by politicians to
February 13, 2014 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Egypt and “The End of History”

February 5, 2014 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Finally, the Leader the Air Force Deserves Has Arrived (Registration Required)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's selections for top defense jobs have so consistently been mediocrities, such third-string players intellectually and managerially, that defense experts are now speculating that the White House wants a weak Department of Defense. The shining exception to this rule has been Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, and her handling of the crisis in the nuclear missile force is a welcome reminder of how important a well-run defense organization is to our country.
January 29, 2014 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Washington's Version of the Awards Ceremony (Registration Required)

It's like the Academy Awards without awards or celebrities or high style. It's like the Grammys without music or celebrities or outré style. It's like Sundance without screenings or deals or celebrities or coolness. The State of the Union is Washington's version of the president's awards ceremony. It's an endless acceptance speech. And on foreign and defense policy, it's especially boring five years into a presidency defined by defining down expectations of America in the world.
January 24, 2014 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

War: The Gambling Man’s Game

January 22, 2014 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Supporting America's Greatest Ally in Need: Jordan (Registration Required)

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman wrote on Jan. 20 that
December 17, 2013 | War on the Rocks

The Army Needs a Better Argument

Admiral Gary Roughead and I wrote an alternative defense budget last year, arguing that our nation could be well defended within the Budget Control Act...
December 4, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Desperate for a Nuclear Deal With Iran

November 15, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

How Big An Army?

The unified front put forward in the budget debate by the military services is cracking.  It was inevitable: When money gets really tight, trade-offs have to be made and those trade-offs will create winners and losers among the services. A year ago, the service chiefs were extolling the camaraderie amongst themselves; now they are beginning to challenge the distribution of budget shares.
November 7, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Hagel's Priorities

I agree with Dov that the White House is behaving utterly irresponsibly with regard to defense spending and policy -- and I even favor further spending cuts, which Dov does not. President Obama has for his entire term in office treated DOD like an ATM machine, cutting its budget to free up money for his priorities while excoriating Congress for the consequences of those cuts. President Obama clearly doesn't share the Pentagon's concern about further cuts, blithely saying the $490 billion already cut can be matched. The White House chose to exclude personnel costs from budget cuts, ratcheting up pressure on other parts of the budget. The president was shameless enough to go to Camp Pendleton during the government shutdown, stand in front of the assembled Marines and say
October 30, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Promise of the American Dream

October 23, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Saudi Arabia's Unhappy. So What?

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, is venting to journalists and foreign diplomats about his irritation at feckless Obama administration policies in the Middle East, ominously suggesting his country is at the point of making a "major shift" away from the United States. Prince Turki al-Faisal, former director of Saudi intelligence, joined in with an address to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, saying, "The current charade of international control over Bashar's chemical arsenal would be funny if it were not so blatantly perfidious and designed not only to give Mr. Obama an opportunity to back down, but also to help Assad to butcher his people." The Saudi complaints include not attacking Syria, not providing weapons and support to Syrian rebels, American support for the elected Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, U.S. cuts of assistance to the military that overthrew that government, and a lack of consultation on negotiations with Iran. The Saudis are not alone, of course, in their criticism. Every country in the region is exasperated, as are many Americans. As former Centcom commander Jim Mattis so memorably put it, "I defy anyone to tell me what U.S. strategy is in the Middle East." But the Saudis' unhappiness is not proof that U.S. policies are wrong. Obama administration policies are wrong, but not in the ways or for the reasons the Saudis excoriate them. And bringing U.S. policies into alignment with Saudi Arabia is likely to create a Middle East even less in America's interests than the Obama administration's bungling has. Saudi Arabia wants a very different Middle East than we do. The Saudis oppose democracy. They oppose freedom of the press. They oppose freedom of conscience and practice of faiths other than Islam. They oppose women's equality before the law. They oppose the idea that individuals have rights and loan them in limited ways and for limited purposes to governments. They deny rights to their own Shiite citizens in Saudi Arabia, while advocating and enforcing the same in Bahrain. They denigrate domestic opposition as solely agents of Iran. Not only do the Saudis oppose these fundamental values of American society, but they have funded and armed some of the most virulent jihadists. Rachel Bronson's superb history of U.S.-Saudi relations, Thicker Than Oil, makes clear that the United States was complicit in Saudi Arabia's fostering of the mujahideen in Afghanistan; the Saudis now want U.S. complicity in supporting jihadists in Syria and the return to power of the deep state in Egypt (a model they would perpetuate throughout the region). Secretary of State John Kerry did a fine diplomatic turn in London on Tuesday, outlining the areas of U.S.-Saudi common interest, toning down the problem, and conveying a calm confidence that the two countries will continue to work together. The policy question is what form greater Saudi opposition to U.S. policies might take.
September 16, 2013 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

The State Should Lead, But It Can’t

We have a civilian leadership that is not the strategic peer of its uniformed counterparts, and that needs to change. By Kori Schake.
September 11, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

14 Things Obama Should Have Said in His Syria Speech

The case Barack Obama made to the nation, to the world, last night to build support for his policy on Syria was remarkably -- alarmingly -- flabby. Unserious. Early polling suggests the man who considers himself a better speechwriter than his speechwriters and a better policy analyst than his policy analysts proved himself neither. Even his supporters in Congress sound relieved at not having to support him. The main problem with the president's speech -- with his policy, as well -- is that the sweeping claims he makes of the importance of the issue don't match either his policy in the past two years or the means he proposes. President Obama spoke movingly about little children killed by Bashar al-Assad's regime, but he proposes to do nothing about the tens of thousands of Syrian children killed by their government with conventional weapons. President Assad's forces used chemical weapons 13 times before the Aug. 21 incident, but none of those affronts to the international norm that the president insists must be upheld precipitated a change in his policy. Obama insisted we have a moral responsibility to take action, while insisting we will not get involved in the conflict. He will need to reconcile these contradictions in order to build support for military action. The most jarring part of the president's address to the nation was his dangerous assertions about war. He seems genuinely not to understand the logic of conflict. It was deeply unsettling to hear his braggadocio that "the United States military doesn't do pinpricks" when that's exactly what he's proposing.
September 10, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Second-Time Farce on Syria

Having allowed an unscripted remark about red lines to take the United States to the brink of war, and after a
September 5, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

In Support of Congressional Authorization on Syria

Barack Obama's campaign team is out in full force doing what the U.S. president himself is giving only passing attention to: building the case for a limited military strike on targets only symbolically related to chemical weapons and calibrated to have no effect on the brutal civil war grinding on and producing ever more radical rebels who are consolidating power in swaths of Syria.
August 31, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

On Syria, Obama Administration Disproves Obama Doctrine

August 22, 2013 | Daily Caller (DC)

Egypt Goes From Bad to Worse

The Egyptian military has overthrown the country’s first elected President, held him incommunicado and without benefit of legal proceedings, killed over a thousand of its people, labeled as terroris
August 8, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Vlad the Impaler

Obama may have canceled a summit, but when it comes to power politics there's only one master.
July 22, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The Responsibilities of Civilian and Military Leaders

July 18, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

3 Questions the Army Needs to Answer Persuasively

July 9, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Talking Nonsense on Egypt: A Mossadegh Moment in U.S. Foreign Policy

July 3, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

American Freedom and Egypt's Coup

July 2, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Military Advice and Military Indiscretion

June 11, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

An Interventionist Second Term? Hardly.

May 21, 2013 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Probe of Press Hurts National Security Too

May 16, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Obama’s Iran Gamble

May 13, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

A Syria Policy Even Obama Could Love

April 25, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The Obama Administration's Troubling History of Politicizing Intelligence

April 12, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Budget Follies

March 25, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Words Matter

March 17, 2013 | New York Times

Reckless Behavior Is Not Diplomatic

March 6, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The View From Tehran

March 1, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Five Things Hagel Should Do Now

February 18, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Tiger Woods Evidently Holds the Keys to Sequestration

February 5, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Panetta Still Isn't Facing Up to his Pentagon Budget Disaster

January 29, 2013 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Battlefield Washington

January 23, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The U.S. in Mali: Sniping From Behind?

January 23, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Flawed Diamond

January 15, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

First Time Tragedy, Second Time Farce

December 19, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Shouldering Benghazi

December 12, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Making The Same Mistakes All Over Again?

November 13, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

One Taxpayer's Opinion

October 25, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Myth Of The Resource Curse

October 4, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Where's the Indignation, General Dempsey?

September 9, 2012 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Even a Conservative Sees Need to Spend Less

August 8, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Strategy in an Age of Terror

Our innovative military is the most important advantage we have...
June 27, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

An Islamist Middle East?

June 20, 2012 | Foreign Policy

Debating Hillary

Secretary Clinton has done a reasonably good job...But it is difficult to think of a major achievement for which she was a motive force...
April 11, 2012 | Foreign Policy

State of Disrepair

If the State Department really wants to lead U.S. foreign policy, it needs to stop complaining about the military and act more like it...
April 6, 2012 | Politico

How state can take back diplomacy

The militarization of U.S. diplomacy is bad policy, and it doesn’t have to be this way...
November 21, 2011 | US News and World Report

Deficit Is Greatest Security Threat

Our indebtedness is the greatest national security vulnerability America has, and we can afford to accept greater risk in the short-term (the coming several years) in order to put our country on solid financial footing...
July 13, 2011 |

We need to enlist Pakistan, not punish it

The Obama administration is withholding $800 million in military aid to Pakistan in understandable frustration with the Pakistani military's partial-at-best cooperation with the effort against militant radicals. But this approach is likely to result in even less cooperation...
June 24, 2010 | NPR

Foreign Policy: Petraeus Doesn't Solve Everything

From the commentary, I see that I was prepared to cut General McChrystal and his team much more slack than most other people...
June 10, 2010 | NPR

Foreign Policy: Iran Sanctions Are Not Tough Enough

The U.N. Security Council today passed resolution 1929 attaching further sanctions to Iran for pursuance of nuclear programs condemned by the International Atomic Energy Agency...

April 22, 2010 | Washington Times

The next arms-control agreement

With the new START treaty and the Nuclear Posture Review accomplished, the Obama administration has an enormous opportunity to capitalize on its momentum. It should propose that NATO negotiate with Moscow to reduce the number of short-range nuclear weapons in Europe...

December 1, 2009 | Sphere (

Obama's Afghanistan Problems Are His Own Making

President Obama is in a tight spot politically on Afghanistan. . . .

October 7, 2009 | NPR

Foreign Policy: Ensuring The Military Is Heard

The release of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's report on the war in Afghanistan has occasioned full-throated cries of insubordination from the president's liberal supporters...

September 25, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Commit to Afghanistan or Get Out

In his inaugural address in 1961, John F. Kennedy said the United States would “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend” in defense of liberty...

September 4, 2009 | Foreign Policy

So far so good for civil-military relations under Obama

Debate is heating up over strategy and requirements for the war in Afghanistan...

April 24, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Grading Obama's first 100 days: Kori Schake

I would give him a C-...

March 27, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Three problems with Obama's Af-Pak strategy

President Obama's plan for Afghanistan is first rate...

February 3, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Iraq, a war we are winning; Afghanistan, a war we can't win

As the Obama administration continues its reviews of Iraq and Afghanistan policy, the president seems committed thus far to fulfilling his campaign promise: withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq and shift them to Afghanistan (as many as 30,000 troops perhaps)...

January 27, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Don't blame the State Department for its own starvation

Gary Schaub has an op-ed in today's New York Times on the disparity between State and Defense...

January 18, 2009 | Forbes

Defense Policy Advice To Obama--From The Other Team

The Obama administration is trending toward several mistakes in defense policy...

May 11, 2007 | Policy Review

Dealing with a Nuclear Iran

Lost in the debate about how to prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold is the fact that we lack the ability to prevent it...

September 29, 2006 | San Francisco Chronicle

How experts view a strike against Iran

Simple logic shows the fallacy of the military option...


June 14, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Suffice It To Say

January 3, 2013 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Republicans Must Focus on Restoring Reputation for Competence and Prudence

October 18, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The President Doth Protest Too Much

September 11, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Romney Gets It Right

September 7, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Taking the Easier Path to a Worse Place

August 24, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Paul Ryan's Principled Foreign Policy

August 9, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Mistaking symptoms for causes

July 27, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

A White House That Keeps No Secrets

July 23, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Why the Obama Administration's Pragmatism Is a Failing Strategy

July 16, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Democracy Grows Bolder in Iran

July 2, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

What’s the Price of an Apology?

June 25, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

An Islamist democracy?

June 7, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Data Matters: U.S. National Security Rooted in Our Economic Strength

Professor Schake points us to what she considers the best chart on worldwide defense spending, originally produced by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the definitive collector of national data on defense capabilities...
May 28, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

How to Do Nothing

Bashir al Assad's government killed another 90 civilians on Saturday...The reaction of the Free World's leaders reads like a parody of fecklessness...
May 23, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Aid in a time of austerity: Adios, smart power

The Senate version of the foreign assistance bill is taking shape, and it is commendable for being both sound and a broadly bipartisan approach, even though it signals the death knell of the Obama administration's commitment to "smart power"...
May 17, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Would You Loan This Man $200 Billion?

Alexis Tsipras won the Greek elections...
May 11, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Where is the outrage?

This week the [House] moved forward with a budget that would allow the Dept. of Defense to escape the strictures of sequestration...The same House budget imposes a 12 percent reduction this year on the State Dept. budget requested by the White House...
May 10, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Caveat Inauguror

The government of China has just given yet another reason investors should be wary of operating in the Chinese market...
April 23, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Sarkozy’s Troubles

France held the first round of its presidential elections over the weekend, and it spells real trouble for President Sarkozy — and German Chancellor Merkel...
April 16, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Not to be missed: Obama 'tougher than Bush'

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes has distinguished himself once again, this time claiming that the Obama administration's refusal to send the 240,000 tons of food aid to North Korea shows that President Obama is tougher than President Bush...
April 15, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Spain at the Precipice

Tuesday of this week the government of Spain must return to financial markets to auction 12- and 18-month treasury bills...
April 8, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Further Politicizing Intelligence on Iran

Sanctions are clearly biting, but it has not compelled Iran’s leadership to renounce its nuclear ambitions. So the Obama Administration has taken it upon themselves to renounce Iran’s nuclear ambitions for them...
April 4, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Slow waltz on Syria

While Obama administration policy has improved somewhat with the advance of revolutions in the Middle East, it continues to chase rather than positively affect change...
April 3, 2012 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Afghan Leaders and Troops Need Time

It’s been a discouraging several weeks in the Afghan war, but we absolutely should not speed the pace of our withdrawal...
March 27, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

NATO’s Doing Better Than We Think

Yes, NATO has shortcomings — they are numerous...But that does not mean NATO is in crisis, going out of business, in desperate need of a new formula for burdensharing, or irrelevant. Because the basic NATO bargain remains sound...
March 21, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Politics as policy

Michele Flournoy’s extravagant campaign spin on the president’s foreign policy is politics, not policy...
March 16, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The president finally leads the war effort

It's been an alarming few weeks for the Afghan war: American servicemembers videotaped disrespecting Afghan corpses, coalition forces assassinated by Afghan National Security Forces, American servicemembers burning Qurans provoking deadly Afghan riots, an American shamefully killing Afghan civilians, and President Karzai demanding Coalition forces be confined to bases...
March 14, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Are the Saudis Playing Both Sides of the Street in Iran?

We may be reaching the limit of what the Saudis are willing to sign up for, and that will place significant restrictions on the Administration’s current strategy...
March 1, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

A Good Deal, Perhaps

Since we clearly aren’t interested in turning the screws on the North Korean government, a deal that reduces the suffering of the North Korean people and gains some information on — and even possible control over — their nuclear programs is worth having...
February 27, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Being wrong differently this time

One thing our intelligence agencies should be absolutely clear about is that we don't know why Iran is making the choices they are. Motivations are the most difficult part of intelligence analysis to get right...
February 18, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Good News From Afghanistan

This week something small but hugely important occurred in Afghanistan: their military leadership concluded an investigation into the attacks on U.S. and other coalition forces, and has made policy recommendations to their government to reduce the incidence of attacks...
February 10, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

One More Reason Not To Want This Iranian Government In Possession of Nuclear Weapons…and to Have Hope For Iran’s Future

In the midst of all that discouragement, Iranian civil society shows us flashes of all that might be in an Iran whose government was not a threat to its own people and to us...
February 9, 2012 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Congress Needs to Demand a Plan

Congress should demand that the administration produce a plan with measurable objectives for what our mission in Iraq will achieve. We hold our military to that standard, and we should expect the same of our diplomats...
February 8, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

So much for leading through civilian power

The discouraging truth is that despite the State Department's bold assertions in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review that it will lead through civilian power, its handling of the transition to civilian leadership of our mission in Iraq demonstrates how very far we have yet to go...
February 2, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Writing off Afghanistan, too

The Obama administration is sending contradictory messages on a crucially important national security subject...
January 31, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The implausibilities of Panetta’s budget

DOD has produced a budget that cannot be implemented should any reductions beyond the 2013 topline occur...
January 30, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

The Market Value of Iranian Threats

If Iran cannot cripple the economies of countries concerned by its nuclear programs, what sway can it expect to have? Thankfully, very little...
January 23, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

An Irresponsible Withdrawal from Iraq

[The Administration's] withdrawal of U.S. forces must have had some other motive than responsibly bringing the war in Iraq to an end...
January 20, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Paying a premium for strategic incoherence

Allegiances cast in stone for generations are fracturing -- what opportunities the rocking of boats in the Middle East presents! What a pity the Obama administration can't come up with a strategy to capitalize on them...
January 13, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

In Afghanistan, military success and overall failure

If the LA Times is accurate (and they have the best reporting on the middle east of any American newspaper), the [new National Intelligence Estimate of the war in Afghanistan] is going to be very damaging to the war effort...
January 12, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

North Korea Shows Talk Isn’t Cheap

North Korea’s Great Successor is accepting homage for his accession to rule one of the world’s most brutal regimes, and the Obama Administration is evidently in line, hoping to capitalize on Kim Jong Un’s need for food aid and desire to demonstrate his control over his long-suffering country...
January 5, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The need for honest risk assessment

The Pentagon's approach is sensible, but the real problem is the president avoiding a serious discussion about risk -- and that is dangerous when cuts of this magnitude are underway...
January 3, 2012 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Iran starts the year with a bang

As the new year dawns, we should continue to tighten the screws on this Iranian government and wish the Iranian people well in ending the tyranny that has repressed and impoverished them...
December 14, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Obama should apologize to Iran

By not apologizing for what is a clear infraction of an (often compromised) norm of international behavior, President Obama both justifies Iran's attempts to conduct espionage inside the U.S., and makes us look like a brutish superpower that flaunts the rules...
December 13, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Victory in Iraq!

The Obama administration is attempting to cast the Iraq war as a triumph of the president's vision for American foreign policy...But, in fact, the Iraq war was on a glide path to conclusion at the end of the Bush administration...
December 5, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The Role of Ambassador

The Washington Post story on further fraying U.S.-Pakistani relations in the aftermath of last week’s border firefight in which U.S. forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers contains a startling revelation...
November 29, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

A Tale of Two Autocracies

There is a difference between an autocracy that is inching its way to greater accountability, and an autocracy less and less constrained by responsibility to its people. One we should help to evolve; the other we should help to overthrow...
November 21, 2011 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Why Symbols Matter

The basing agreement is largely symbolic, allowing increased access for United States aircraft to Australian airfields and six-month rotations of Marines that will total 2,500 only in the year 2016. But symbolic agreements are important...
November 14, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Three cheers for the Arab League

The Arab League has finally begun to take the well-being of Arab peoples as seriously -- more seriously -- than its cherished dream of Arab unity...
November 9, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Regime Change Is Part of the Answer for Iran

The International Atomic Energy Agency yesterday released a report on the status of Iran’s nuclear programs; it makes alarming reading...
November 5, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

It’s Not Even Nearly Over

Greek Prime Minister Papandreou survived the parliamentary vote of confidence, vowed to form a national unity government, and hold elections in March...this would appear to recover the modicum of stability earned by the [EU] with its latest bailout package. Not so fast...
October 29, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Leading Like 1939

Even for an Administration that takes an awful lot of unearned credit, yesterday’s op-ed by Obama National Security Advisor was amazing...
October 21, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Forgetting Iraq

As Libya celebrates and begins constructing a free society, they have the friendship and assistance of the United States government...Iraq once also had the help of the United States, but that time passed when Barack Obama came into office...
October 13, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Iran’s Latest Plot

Their imperfect understanding of American civil society and underestimation of our intelligence community prevented the plot succeeding. But they probably gained a significantly improved understanding of how our system works that will benefit future plots...
October 4, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Smart moves by India

In its rush to the exits of Afghanistan, the Obama Administration might want to consider the respective attractions of the approaches undertaken by Pakistan and India in Afghanistan...
September 30, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Balance of Power Within Pakistan is Changing

Amidst this loud nationalist backlash are important signals the Pakistani military is losing its stature within the country, and that would be a good thing for Pakistan and a good thing for the United States...
September 27, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Kicking the Pakistan habit

Sadly, we need the Pakistanis more than they need us, so until we can find ways to manage by other means the threats emanating from Afghanistan and Pakistan, we're stuck with grudging partial assistance by a Pakistani government that's hedging against our abandonment...
September 20, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The President Fails Simple Math on Defense Reductions

The President claims his plan is “simple math,” but he is making a simple math error by pocketing the same savings twice...
September 19, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Why is U.N. recognition such a big deal?

At the end of the day, Palestinian aspirations would be advanced more by appealing for international support on the basis of the dignity of Palestinians creating their own state rather than having a U.N. coronation for one that may not be strong enough to support itself...
September 14, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Confirm Ambassador Ford

Robert Ford has done our country and the beleaguered revolutionaries in Syria a great service in bearing witness to their struggle...
September 10, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Falling Man

As we commemorate the solemn anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it merits celebrating that our art, like our society, has so much to say, and so many different things to say, about the meaning of those events...
August 31, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Cheney’s unfortunate legacy for conservatives

It's incredibly discouraging to see former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney vituperatively reopen disputes from George W. Bush's administration...This cannot assist the conservative cause...
August 25, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Obama on regime change: Better than Bush?

The Obama Administration's regime change strategy suggests highly unsatisfactory outcomes for cases in which the United States has actual national security interests in the conflict...
August 24, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Will Libya Be A Disaster Without Gadhafi?

The democratic government in Libya may founder — as hopeful revolutionary movements often do — but they are off to a solid start, and they deserve our help...
August 19, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The kind of world Secretary Clinton wants to see

America's Secretary of State gave a stunning interview this week, in which she defended the Obama administration's foreign policy choices and claimed that soft power was working to reshape America's image in the world...
August 9, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The Cost of Leading from Behind

Seven months and six revolutions (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen) into political upheaval in the part of the world most in need of political change, the Obama Administration still cannot bring itself to take the side of freedom...
August 8, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Requiem for our dead

The Taliban succeeded in downing an American helicopter a few days ago, killing 30 American soldiers and seven Afghans...
August 2, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The three percent solution

President Obama has led from behind in the budget crisis; the president in 2013 could make more responsible choices...
July 25, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Helping veterans

The Labor Department has just released statistics showing that young veterans have a worryingly high rate of unemployment...
July 21, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Out come the long knives for defense

Defense spending will be further cut; that seems inevitable in the current, beneficial, climate of reducing government spending...The question is how much, and what, to cut...
July 8, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

When Greece Defaults

There are five principal reasons to be skeptical Greece can continue to navigate the space between European Monetary Union support and financial markets concern about their creditworthiness...
June 30, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

On Leadership

President Obama would do well to study how his Defense Secretary’s respect for and commitment to the people under his care won their utmost effort to achieve what he set out for them...
June 24, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

A Hopeful Sign for Egypt – and Beyond

...Egypt’s highest religious council — and the senior religious authority among Sunni muslims — published an extraordinary document that should give us all hope Mubarak’s fall may advance freedom, tolerance, and the rule of law in Egypt...
June 23, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

President Obama changes direction on Afghanistan, again

President Obama was sharply critical of the Bush administration for under-resourcing the war in Afghanistan; with his rapid drawdown of forces and funding announced last night, President Obama now deserves the same criticism...
June 21, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The Administration’s Libya Case Further Weakened

Whatever one thinks of the constitutionality of the War Powers Act, the President’s novel legal reasoning just isn’t supported by the military operations we are carrying out in Libya...
June 17, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Turkey Gets Serious

The choices of the Turkish people and the Turkish government this week give greater hope for a maturing democratic society in Turkey...
June 17, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Afghanistan Strategy Review, Mod 4

If President Obama chooses to disregard our military and civilian defense leadership's counsel on Afghanistan, he will owe them -- and us -- an explanation...
June 14, 2011 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Europe's Waning Influence

Europeans should not expect us to care more about their security than they do, or to pay more for it than they will...
June 10, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The President’s Clandestine Defense Cuts

The choices President Obama is making about war powers and cuts to defense spending will leave our military less capable than when he became Commander in Chief...
May 31, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The President’s National Security Appointments

The Obama Administration is to be commended for resisting the temptation to pick guys they like instead of leaders that have the respect of their military community, command responsibilities in the wars we are fighting, and diversified experience...
May 31, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Can we afford the Afghan war?

...[I]t is dangerous to argue the cost of prosecuting a war that, while high, is marginal to our expenditures and by no means the driver of our debt, cannot be afforded...
May 19, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

What we must do

One striking characteristic of the President’s middle east speech was the prevalence of flat declarative statements of what “must” be done...
May 19, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Obama's latest Middle East speech: Much ado about nothing

President Obama had three significant challenges for his "major address" on the Middle East...
May 13, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Libya and the War Powers Act

The Obama Administration is edging up on the 60 day limit beyond which no President of the United States can legally keep American military forces involved in combat without approval of the Congress...
May 6, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Pakistan’s Double Game

The government of Pakistan has been duplicitous, claiming to be our partner in fighting terrorism while harboring our enemies...
May 2, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

On Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden's death is welcome news. He symbolized the virulence of al Qaeda animosity to America and also symbolized the limits of American power in fighting this kind of war...
April 30, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Your AID Dollars At Work

At a time when USAID is asking American taxpayers to borrow 43 cents of every dollar we spend on foreign assistance, they need to perform an awful lot better than they have in Afghanistan to justify the money we are giving them...
April 28, 2011 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

The Politics of the Move

Leon Panetta was the best choice available to the president if he wanted a Democrat to run the Pentagon...
April 27, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Leading from behind

The way to achieve the different burdensharing arrangement the Obama administration is angling for is to set allies up to succeed, not question their will to achieve our mutual objectives while we sit safely on the sidelines...
April 19, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The Limits of Limited Force

We in the West have a tendency to wrap ourselves in the mantle of virtue when using military force, which is no bad thing except when it leads to sloppy thinking about how to use force effectively...
April 15, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Why the president’s proposed defense cuts are bad for the country

Cuts of an additional $34 billion a year in a baseline budget of $533 billion will not destroy America's defenses...
April 7, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The Budgetary Outlook for Defense

Cuts in defense spending are nonetheless occurring and likely to continue, even if the Ryan proposals are adopted, for three reasons...
April 7, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Rajiv Shah cries wolf

Imagine the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testifying that if defense funding were reduced, seven hundred thousand people in Libya would die, and tens of millions elsewhere in the world. It would be considered fear-mongering of the most repulsive kind...
March 31, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The Mission is Creeping

Reuters and the New York Times have both discovered that even though the President claims his administration is still debating the issue, weeks ago he signed a classified intelligence finding authorizing arming the Libyan rebels...
March 29, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Unsatisfying explanation

My first reaction to the President Obama's speech is that he should have given it ten days ago. He didn't say anything tonight that he couldn't have said when he ordered combat operations to commence...
March 25, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The Worst Thing

The White House is unsuccessfully trying to spin themselves out of criticism about Libya by adopting a tone of weary indulgence...
March 22, 2011 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

A Spectrum of Outcomes in Libya

The U.S. military and political objectives are so far out of alignment that military efforts will need to be expanded or political goals ratcheted down to get to a pragmatic plan for Libya...
March 22, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Multilateralism Obama style

It is such a comfort to know in a world of change, some things can still be relied upon...
March 18, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The U.S. sits one out

Last night's U.N. Security Council resolution passed with no visible effort by the Obama administration...
March 15, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

One Cheer for the DNI

I’m not a huge fan of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper...Still, Clapper merits defending against the latest criticism of his job performance...
March 15, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The GCC shores up Bahrain

Little noticed amidst the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) support for a U.N. no-fly zone in Libya on March 13th was another endorsement for the use of military force: deployment of GCC military and police forces to Bahrain...
March 10, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The Atrophy of Diplomatic Power

What this chart tells us is that the Department of State is increasingly the springboard for other government agencies to work overseas rather our diplomats being the center of our engagement with the world...
March 10, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Time to act: How to implement no-fly zone

Instead of taking up the call to provide the military force, the United States should instead pull together a coalition to undertake the work...
March 1, 2011 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Should the U.S. Move Against Qaddafi? High Risks for Acting Now

...[W]e ought to be very cautious about actually using American military force to affect the rebellion in Libya, for four reasons...
February 28, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

China’s UN Vote

An extraordinary thing happened Saturday at the United Nations...
February 23, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Libya’s Tragedy

A government that threatens to kill every single person living in the territory it controls sacrifices all legitimacy. This is the cold, hard face of tyranny, a government with no respect or kindness for those it governs...
February 16, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Is Iran Next?

The winds of freedom are finally blowing in the Middle East, and undemocratic governments are nervous...
February 10, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Undiplomatic Incident in Pakistan

Our creeping dependence on private security firms has eroded protections for Americans doing dangerous work – whether openly or clandestinely. We are long overdue to bring this problem of our own making under control...
February 9, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Rumsfeld Was the Iago to Bush's Othello

I had been hoping Donald Rumsfeld's memoir would fall like the proverbial tree in the forest, allowing conservatives to focus on the problems of today. But...the former defense secretary's revisionist "slice of history" is gaining credence and needs to be rebutted...
February 2, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

What a shifting Egypt means for the U.S.

For an administration that claims there is no conflict between our interests and our values, the Obama administration has sure seemed to have a difficult time balancing U.S. interests in a stable Egypt with the U.S. values of a democratic Egypt...
February 1, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Why We Train Foreign Militaries

It’s a good investment in helping prevent militaries being forces of repression...
January 24, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

State of the Union: Obama's chance to define the landscape of the U.S. economy and Afghanistan

The State of the Union address presents the last real opportunity before the opposition in Congress redefines the political landscape...
January 18, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Taking Sides in the Tunisian Crisis

We should always take sides with peaceful protesters seeking to make their government responsive. The people of Tunisia deserve better from us...
January 13, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

We Are Not Leaving

Let us hope the Vice President has come to believe what he said in Kabul yesterday so that the Administration will see this war through to successful conclusion...
January 5, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Hugo Chavez’ Comedy Act

The President of Venezuela has once again distinguished himself, offering to allow a U.S. ambassador to take up work...
January 5, 2011 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The case for infrastructure projects

The Washington Post is running a series of articles highlighting failed projects funded by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan...Here are three points they ought to have addressed but did not...
December 16, 2010 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Obstacles to Leaving Afghanistan: The Deadline Problem

The most serious obstacle to reducing troops is that Afghanistan will not continue to make progress toward President Obama's objectives without our military there in large numbers to encourage and enforce gains...
December 14, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

Freedom of the Press, Russian Style

Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to negative characterizations of Russia as a mafia state in the leaked U.S. diplomatic cables by claiming the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for sexual assault in Sweden demonstrates the United States isn’t as democratic as we pretend to be...
December 13, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Gates to the rescue in Afghanistan

...[T]rapping the Obama administration into a sensible alignment of objectives and resources for winning the war in Afghanistan is his coup de grâce. His work repairing the administration's strategy merits studying...
December 8, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

Negotiating with Iran

The Obama Administration took another swing at the piñata over the past two days, trying to persuade Iran to constrain its nuclear program...
December 1, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society


...[T]he Senate has before it for consideration a U.S.-Russian treaty limited strategic nuclear weapons. Termed New START, the treaty would limit deployed strategic weapons to 1,550. The President today termed it “absolutely essential to our national security...”
November 24, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

North Korea at it Again

It’s been a banner couple of days for the government of North Korea. First, they revealed a new light water reactor and a fully-fashioned nuclear complex to process more weapons-grade uranium. Then they fired hundreds of rounds of artillery shells at South Korea...
November 16, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Missile defense and the Turkish problem

NATO's 28 member states are in the final stages of negotiation on a new ballistic missile defense system...
November 16, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

Karzai's Worst Enemy

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has damaged his own cause once again, this time criticizing the counter-terrorism operations of coalition forces...
November 9, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

An Important Departure

The values that animate American internationalism have been treated by the Obama Administration as something to shroud in order to make America popular abroad...Secretary Clinton’s affirmation of the difference between free people and authoritarian governments is a welcome change...
November 8, 2010 | National Journal Expert Blog: National Security

Overstating Asia's Rise

It's easy to overstate both the rise of Asia and the degree to which they could supplant U.S. influence...Asia is rising, but more slowly and with much more difficulty than we often acknowledge...
November 4, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The new Dover shore alliance

...[Y]esterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed a treaty that will bind their defense establishments tightly together for the coming fifty years...
November 3, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

It's time for consensus

[N]ow that the dust is settling on the dimensions of Republican victory, what is it likely to mean for the wars we are fighting...?
November 2, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

Democracy in America

Foreign policy has not figured prominently in this election, partly because we’re not selecting a commander in chief. Mostly because bigger issues are at stake than America’s role in the world. We are instead debating what makes America America...
October 26, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

Wikileaks Strikes Again

The notorious website Wikileaks has struck again, this time releasing an enormous hoard of classified U.S. documents pertaining to the Iraq war...
October 25, 2010 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

What Does Iran's Cash Buy in Afghanistan? Karzai's Fumble

Surely President Hamid Karzai has enough experience with the United States, nine years into our war in his country, that he understands the uproar that accepting money from Iran will engender...
October 21, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Why the U.S. needs to be more like Britain

As part of the developed world's most dramatic effort to put its public finances on solid footing, the Conservative Liberal Democratic government in Britain announced significant reductions to its defense program yesterday. Their review is a fearless example to others, including the United States...
October 19, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

Khameni to Qom

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khameni, goes to Qom today. That doesn’t sound like a front page story, but this could be a hugely important milestone in Iran’s struggle to unwind the extremism of the 1979 revolution...
October 13, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Limits of offshore balancing

The New America Foundation convened a conference this week to showcase the work of Robert Pape, in the hopes that his policy prescriptions will be picked up as an alternative to our current strategy in Afghanistan. This would be a terrible idea...
October 8, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Sadr Breaks the Deadlock

Nouri al-Maliki appears close to a deal that will put Iraq's Shi'ia parties in power. After seven months of political wrangling, it would be tempting to believe that any government formed by Iraq's squabbling political leaders is progress...
September 23, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Woodward book: Obama wanted too much for too little in Afghanistan

The White House is attempting to make the President Obama sound heroic for insisting on an exit strategy, when in fact the president's behavior -- as described in Woodward's book -- betrays a discouraging incapacity as commander in chief...
September 8, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Obama's failed foreign policy strategy

I agree with Peter Beinart's basic conclusion that the Obama administration's foreign policy is unsuccessful, but I think his description of what would have made it successful is wildly off the mark, and would have landed the administration in an even worse position than it has played itself into...
August 30, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

The disconnect in Obama's plan for Iraq

The president is commemorating "the end of the combat operations in Iraq." Except that U.S. military forces remaining in Iraq will continue to have combat responsibilities, both in support of Iraqi forces for internal security, and to protect Iraq from external threats, through at least the end of 2011...
August 20, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Course correction on Iraq

President Obama should be clear about our continuing combat commitments in Iraq, reconsider the transfer to civilians some of the inherently military tasks our civilian mission in Iraq will require, and revise the security agreement with Iraq to provide for continuing presence of some U.S. military forces after 2011...
August 10, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Where Gates should look for serious savings

[Secretary Gates] is to be commended for cutting overhead in his department as part of a broader spending reduction. But the combined effects of yesterday's announcement are minuscule...
July 26, 2010 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

The Fallout of the Afghanistan Files: Helping the Enemy

The release of these documents doesn’t compromise the war effort, but it will put at greater risk the men and women who are fighting this war and the Afghans that are helping us to win it...
July 13, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

A roadmap worth following

Advocates of a strong national defense ought to be thinking seriously about entitlement reform...
June 24, 2010 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

What to Expect From General Petraeus

The appointment of General Petraeus was a shrewd choice by the administration to minimize the transition costs associated with relieving General McChrystal...
June 22, 2010 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Should the ‘Runaway General’ Be Fired? If You Can Do Better, Step Forward

Anyone who thinks they can do a better job than General McChrystal..., ought to step forward. Until then, we ought to let him concentrate his efforts on winning the war we’re fighting...
June 22, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

McChrystal deserves another chance

The president ought to be willing to endure a lack of political polish in his war-fighters. He's already got plenty of political generals; he ought to want one or two that can actually win the wars we're fighting...
June 7, 2010 | National Journal Expert Blog: National Security

A New Turkey

Imagine the circumstances reversed: what would Turkey do if Israelis supportive of the PKK set out to break Turkey's ability to prevent weapons being shipped to that terrorist organization...?

May 12, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

What Gates's program cuts tell us about Gates

Secretary Gates is right to assert that "we need to evaluate the criteria upon which requirements are based and the wider real world context." I just wish he would do so...

May 7, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

A modern Greek tragedy

Watching Greeks fire-bomb their banks, shut down their airports and ruin the tourist trade that is their economy's main prospect, I can't help but hear Virgil reprised...

April 26, 2010 | Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)

Obama's Iran policy is all bark and no bite

Despite allowing the Iranian government to escape sanction for a year of not accepting sugar-coated Western deadlines to abandon their nuclear program, and doing nothing about discovery of another nuclear plant at Qom, Team Obama is suddenly making an awful lot of noise...

March 31, 2010 | Foreign Policy

Obama’s nuke deal with Russia: unprecedented but incomplete

As Politico has pointed out, the Obama administration has a tendency to describe their every action as "unprecedented." In the case of the U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, this is actually true.

March 27, 2010 | Foreign Policy

The Iraqi Election: The results are in, now what?

Iraq's Parliamentary election results were announced Friday afternoon: Ayad Allawi's Iraqi National Movement garnered 91 Parliamentary seats, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law 89. . . .

February 26, 2010 | Foreign Policy

Odierno's request

Let's hope Odierno's request surprises the administration into paying closer attention at this crucial juncture and giving the commander of U.S. Forces Iraq the resources he needs to manage well the endgame of the Iraq war. . . .

February 22, 2010 | National Journal

A 'New Dawn' In Iraq, Or More Darkness?

This week the Obama administration renamed the Iraq war "Operation New Dawn," ushering in an endgame of U.S. troop withdrawals over the next two years and a steady reduction of the U.S. role and influence in the everyday life of that nation. . . .

February 16, 2010 | Foreign Policy

Baradar's capture raises detention questions

Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's putative No. 2 and organizer of military operations was captured several days ago at a madrassa near the Pakistani city of Karachi. . . .

January 20, 2010 | Foreign Policy

Stop spending so much on defense

The policy I would most strongly advocate President Obama changing is profligate spending, and conservatives should help him do that by supporting cuts in defense spending. . . .

January 8, 2010 | Foreign Policy

Obama's damaging command climate

The president's problem is that the lack of urgency about terrorist threats described in the administration's report on the Christmas attack sounds an awful lot like the attitudes that prevailed before 9/11. . . .

January 4, 2010 | Foreign Policy

New Year’s resolutions for the president

Somehow, I fear the Obama administration might still be too busy labeling as "unprecedented" their activity from 2009 for the task of inventorying areas for self-improvement, so here are two suggestions for their consideration: . . . .

December 2, 2009 | Foreign Policy

There's a reason why Obama has to persuade his own party to support his Afghan plan

I disagree somewhat with my friend Peter Feaver about the president's plan for Afghanistan deserving the support of us loyal opposition. . . .

December 1, 2009 | Corner (National Review Online)

A Commander-in-Chief & His Lieutenant

The president was underwhelming at West Point. . . .

November 9, 2009 | Foreign Policy

A great day for Iraq, less so for the United States

The Iraqi Parliament has passed a law that will allow elections to proceed in January, and on terms that will make Iraqi politicians more accountable to Iraqi voters and foster continued stabilization of the Iraqi political landscape. . . .

October 28, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Understanding the bombings and the good news about Iraq

Sunday was another tragic day in Iraq, more than 150 people were killed and another 500 injured in attacks on the Ministries of Justice and Interior in Baghdad...

October 9, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Devaluing the prize

It's nice that the Nobel Committee wants to shower the president with approval -- it's a good thing for the United States -- but it's likely to remind Americans that the president is being rewarded for behaving in the world the way Europeans behave...

October 6, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Beware of silencing the military

The release of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's report on the war in Afghanistan has occasioned full-throated cries of insubordination from the president's liberal supporters...

September 21, 2009 | Washington Post

Fending Off Failure in Afghanistan

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top military commander in Afghanistan, in a confidential assessment submitted to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, warns in grim and urgent language that he needs additional troops — from 10,000 up to 45,000 more in the next year — or the conflict “will likely result in failure.”...

September 16, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Obama won't stay the course in Afghanistan -- then what?

Skepticism grows in President Obama's party about his presumed endorsement of General Stanley McChrystal's assessment of the strategy and resources required to succeed in Afghanistan...

September 16, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Obama won't stay the course in Afghanistan -- then what?

Skepticism grows in President Obama's party about his presumed endorsement of General Stanley McChrystal's assessment of the strategy and resources required to succeed in Afghanistan...

August 7, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Call it G.W.O.T. or J.I.H.A.D., Obama is waging Bush's war

Assistant to the President John Brennan gave a speech yesterday, ostensibly a landmark address...

August 7, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Call it G.W.O.T. or J.I.H.A.D., Obama is waging Bush's war

Assistant to the President John Brennan gave a speech yesterday, ostensibly a landmark address...

July 3, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Missing the "freedom agenda" on the Fourth of July

This weekend we celebrate our country's independence and the courage of those brave men who met in congress in Philadelphia to chart a path to greater liberty...


April 11, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (9:50)

March 20, 2014 | Sun News Network (Canada)

Kori Schake on Sun News Network (1:13)

Watch the latest on-air news and political coverage, as well as in-depth feature stories from the Sun News Network.
March 5, 2014 | NBC Bay Area News

Kori Schake on Reality Check with Sam Brock (9:44)

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock questions defense experts about what impact, if any, sanctions would have on Russia.
March 5, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (19:08)

LouAnn Hammond, Kori Schake, Hoover and Politico; Natl Security Advisor (defense) to Pres G W Bush. Richard A Epstein, Hoover Institution Defining Ideas, and Chicago Law. Amos Guiora, University of Utah.
February 26, 2014 | To The Point (KCRW)

Kori Schake on To The Point (19:40)

February 14, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (19:30)

Daniel Henninger, WSJ WONDER LAND. John Tamny, Kori Schake, Defining Ideas (Hoover).  Admiral Gary Roughead, Hoover Institution.
February 3, 2014 | Secure Freedom Radio

Kori Schake on Secure Freedom Radio (14:49)

JOHN BOLTON, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, outlines the arms control enterprise and Russia's recent violations of the New START treaty.KORI SCHAKE, of the Hoover Institution, explores the issues about US invol...
December 10, 2013 | Secure Freedom Radio

Kori Schake on Secure Freedom Radio (:50)

Your owner's manual for your most important possession: Your freedom...
December 5, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (10:14)

Guests: Daniel Henninger, WSJ. Kori Schake, Hoover Shadow Government. Richard A Epstein, Hoover Institution, Chicago Law.  
November 14, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (20:30)

Guests: Francis Rose, Federal News Radio. James Taranto, WSJ. Kori Schake, Hoover & Shadow Government (Foreign Policy). Anatoly Zak, RussianSpaceWeb.
October 31, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (:45)

Guests: Kori Schake, Hoover; Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast; Bob Zimmerman,; Anatoly Zak, author.
September 8, 2013 | NBC Bay Area News

Kori Schake on Reality Check With Sam Brock (1:20)

Many members of the U.S. Congress remain lukewarm on the prospect of approving a limited military strike in Syria, this as House and Senate leaders ratchet up calls for Congress to pass the resolution.
August 28, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (31:06)

Guests: Gordon Chang,; Neha Thirani Bagri, NYT; Aaron Klein, WABC; Amos Guiora, University of Utah; Kori Schake, Hoover.
August 26, 2013 | America's Radio News Network - Afternoon Edition

Kori Schake on America's Radio News- Afternoon Edition (1:27:00)

August 19, 2013 | Public Radio International

Kori Schake on To the Point with Warren Olney (18:24)

August 9, 2013 | America's Radio News Network - The Drive Home

Kori Schake on America's Radio News- The Drive Home (44:19)

August 9, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (:45)

July 26, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (:39)

Guests: Kori Schake, Hoover. Rodger Baker. Richard Epstein, Hoover. Eileen Norcross, Mercatus Center.
July 8, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (9:36)

June 20, 2013 | America's Radio News Network - The Drive Home

Kori Schake on America's Radio News- The Drive Home (18:58)

June 17, 2013 | C-Span2 Book TV

Kori Schake on BookTV

May 21, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (12:33)

April 26, 2013 | News Hour

Kori Schake on PBS News Hour

April 23, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (30:52)

February 8, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (:48)

February 1, 2013 | Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)

Kori Schake on the Forum with Michael Krasny (27:22)

January 28, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (23:28)

December 18, 2012 | Final Say (Blog Talk Radio)

Kori Schake on The Final Say with Brett & Jon Rappaport (35:10)

December 5, 2012 | Daily Southtown (IL)

Kori Schake on Markets Now

November 16, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (9:50)

November 14, 2012 | Voice of America

Kori Schake on Voice of America Radio (Transcript)

November 12, 2012 | America's Radio News Network - Afternoon Edition

Kori Schake on America’s Radio News’ Afternoon Edition (53:37)

October 23, 2012 | Gil Gross Program (KKSF)

Kori Schake on KKSF San Francisco (13:22)

October 22, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (1:03)

October 3, 2012 | Final Say (Blog Talk Radio)

Kori Schake on The Final Say with Brett & Jon Rappaport

October 4, 2012 | Secure Freedom Radio

The Unknown War

August 28, 2012 | Secure Freedom Radio

Kori Schake on Secure Freedom Radio (at 28:00)

August 27, 2012 | Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)

Kori Schake on Forum with Michael Krasney

July 2, 2012 | Special Report with Bret Baier (Fox News)

Will Democracy Succeed in Egypt?

June 26, 2012 | Voice of Russia

NATO Condemns Syria for Downed Turkish Jet

April 24, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on John Batchelor Show

Guests: Co-Host Mary Kissel, WSJ; Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-CA); Kori Schake, Hoover; Rick Fisher, International Assessment and Strategies Center; Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover...
March 1, 2012 | Secure Freedom Radio

Kori Schake on Secure Freedom Radio

If Iran is creating a nuclear program for civilian use, which DNI Clapper seems to believe, then why wont they open their facilities to IAEA inspectors? Kori Schake provides her analysis on this growing threat...
February 28, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: John Casey, author; Bob Zimmerman, Behind the Black; Kori Schake, Hoover...
February 15, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Co-Host Gordon Chang, Forbes; Joseph Sternberg, WSJ; Kori Schake, Hoover; Jen Pinkowsky, Science Magazine; Peter Coy, Bloomberg...
February 2, 2012 | America's Radio News Network - The Drive Home

Kori Schake on America's Radio News Network

[Interview begins around 53:40]...
January 31, 2012 | America's Radio News Network - Afternoon Edition

Kori Schake on America's Radio News Network

[Interview begins around 54:00]...
December 15, 2011 | On Point (NPR)

The Iraq War Ends

The Iraq war and America. After almost nine years, the troops are nearly home. We’ll weigh the war...
October 25, 2011 | Secure Freedom Radio

Kori Schake on Secure Freedom Radio

Kori Schake of the Hoover Institution examines how she is hopeful that Libya after forty years of dictatorship will rise to the occasion and establish helpful social services for its people...
October 21, 2011 | Patt Morrison (KPCC)

The Obama Doctrine: modern warfare?

Is this the face of modern warfare? Will the soft hand of diplomacy, rather that military might, be successful amidst renewed democracy movements around the world...?
October 20, 2011 | America's Radio News Network - Afternoon Edition

Kori Schake on America's Radio News Network

[Interview begins around 53:00]...
October 20, 2011 | Daily Wrap (Wall Street Journal Radio Network)

Kori Schake on the Daily Wrap

Extensive coverage on the death of Moammar Gaddafi and what the future is for Libya... [Interview begins around 12:30]
October 20, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Mary Kissel, WSJ; Kori Schake, Hoover; David Weidner, WSJ; Amity Shlaes, author...
August 17, 2011 | Morning Edition (NPR)

Pentagon Gears Up For Budget Cut War

Analysts say cuts force the U.S. to make choices about its role as the sole military superpower…
August 1, 2011 | KGO-TV (San Francisco)

Plenty of uncertainty ahead with federal spending cuts

One trillion dollars in spending cuts will be triggered when President Obama signs the Budget Control Act of 2011 following ratification by Congress. About a third of the $1 trillion will be cut from defense spending...
July 12, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Jack Ewing, NYT; Kori Schake, Hoover Institute; Steve Moore, WSJ...
June 27, 2011 | Patt Morrison (KPCC)

Blasting sacred cows with an Army howitzer

Would you support dramatic decreases in military spending as a way to cut the deficit, or would you rather support the spending with tax increases...?
May 11, 2011 | National Security Review (PJTV)

Panetta and Petraeus Get New Jobs

Will the Latest White House Shake Up Make America Safer? Bill Whittle talks to the Hoover Institution’s Kori Schake for an in-depth look at these issues...
May 2, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

A Special Edition of The John Batchelor Show: The Death of Osama Bin Laden [Schake begins around 32:25]...
April 18, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Louise Story, NYT; John Bolton, AEI; Charles Pellegrino, author; Kori Schake, Hoover...
April 3, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Joseph Sternberg, WSJ Asia, and Gordon Chang, The Daily and, in re: Last year, 140% of China's sales figures were sales to the US, Kori Schake, Hoover, in re: Mission creep in Libya...
March 28, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: John Avlon, CNN; Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index; Kori Schake, Hoover; David Drucker, Roll Call; Farrah Stockman, Bostong Globe; Bill Roggio, Long War Journal...
March 21, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on John Batchelor

GUESTS: Stephen Erlanger, NYT; Kori Schake, Hoover; Dr. David Grinspoon; Jeff Zeleny, NYT...
March 16, 2011 | World Tonight (BBC)

Kori Schake on the World Tonight

Radio 4's daily evening news and current affairs programme bringing you global news and analysis...
January 13, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Bill McGurn, WSJ; Kori Schake, Hoover; Mark Schroeder,
December 8, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Evan Ramstad, AWSJ; Kori Schake, Hoover Institution; John Loftus, author of "America's Nazi Secrets"; Hugo Restall, AWSJ...
December 7, 2010 | Wisconsin Public Radio

At Issue with Ben Merens

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, was arrested in London today. After four, Ben Merens and his guest discuss WikikLeaks and its founder, and how the continued threat of further releases troubles the U.S....
December 3, 2010 | Connect the World (CNN International)

WikiLeaks: Espionage or freedom?

Whether what WikiLeaks does is a form of spying or freedom is a matter of debate among experts...
November 19, 2010 | World Tonight (BBC)

Kori Schake on the World Tonight

Big choices face NATO on Afghanistan, missile defence and its future mission,in Lisbon. The Nobel Prize committee tells us why China's 'stay away campaign' won't work. Why can't you repair damaged classical sculpture's Berlusconi style...?
November 15, 2010 | Talk of the Nation (NPR)

Deficit Commission Calls For Defense Budget Cuts

The Pentagon's budget has doubled since September 11, and a growing number of Republicans are joining the calls for cuts. Several newly-elected conservatives say the budget deficit is so large that they're open to slashing the Defense department budget to reduce the debt...
October 26, 2010 | Which Way, L.A.? (KCRW)

Who Benefits from WikiLeaks' Release of Military Documents?

At a London news conference, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was joined by Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers almost 40 years ago. Ellsberg called Assange "the most dangerous man in the world..."
October 26, 2010 | BBC News

World Have Your Say

Afghan President Hamid Karzai defends taking bags of money from Iran. The US State Department is skeptical about Iranian motives surrounding the payments. Iran says the "assistance" helps reconstruction. So is it wrong for Afghanistan to accept cash from Iran...?
October 26, 2010 | To The Point (KCRW)

Does WikiLeaks Cause Damage by Shedding Light?

The Pentagon says WikiLeaks has put lives at risk and given adversaries valuable information. Others say official distortions and wrong-doing have been exposed...
September 30, 2010 | New Atlanticist (Atlantic Council)

5 Questions for Kori Schake

Kori Schake is the former Director for Defense Strategy and Requirements at the National Security Council...I had the opportunity to discuss her thoughts on some key issues of interest to the Atlantic Council community...
September 23, 2010 | Front Page with Allen Barton (PJTV)

Obama's Wars: Woodward Reveals President's Rift with Advisors and U.S Military Commanders

Allen Barton sits down with Hoover Institution scholar Kori Schacke to discuss some of the more shocking revelations in Woodward's new book, Obama's War...
September 15, 2010 | Diane Rehm Show (NPR)

Defense Spending and the Deficit

The cost of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan and Iraq now tops $1 trillion, and the nation’s debt tops thirteen trillion: New pressures to rein in the Pentagon’s budget and implications for national security...
September 8, 2010 | Special Report with Bret Baier (Fox News)

Conflicting Economic Messages?

Clinton concerned with U.S. spending...
August 2, 2010 | Wisconsin Public Radio

At Issue with Ben Merens

In a speech today before a convention of Disabled American Veterans, President Obama announced that the draw-down of U.S. combat troops in Iraq is on schedule - down to 50,000 troops by the end of August...
June 28, 2010 | Minnesota Public Radio

Change at the helm for Afghanistan

While General David Petraeus is expected to win Senate approval as Afghanistan commander, he could face tough questions about the direction of the war at his confirmation hearings...
June 23, 2010 | All Things Considered (NPR)

Counterinsurgency Strategy In Afghanistan

Robert Siegel talks with two military analysts: Kori Schake, senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution and former director of defense strategy at the National Security Council from 2002-2005...
June 23, 2010 | Dylan Ratigan Show (MSNBC)

Gen. Stanley McChrystal Relieved of His Command

Kori Schake appears on MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show...
June 23, 2010 | To The Point (KCRW)

General McChrystal, General Petraeus and 'Obama's War'

General McChrystal is out as commander in Afghanistan, replaced by General David Petraeus, one of America's best-known military leaders...
May 24, 2010 | Public Radio International

Defense Spending, Military Needs and the Federal Deficit

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has advised President Obama to veto spending for projects the Pentagon doesn't want. But Gate's own proposals mean the Defense Budget might not decline after all...

April 29, 2010 | Trunews Radio

Today's Broadcast

An expert on nuclear nonproliferation issues, Professor Schake served in President Bush’s first term as the director for Defense Strategy and Requirements on the National Security Council, she comments today on the most recent threats by rogue nations...

December 1, 2009 | CNN

Repeating mistakes by Bush?

Kori Schake, a onetime adviser to former U.S. President George W. Bush, says President Barack Obama's Afghanistan strategy is repeating earlier U.S. mistakes. . . .

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Post-Sovereign Europe?

There can be no "solidarity" without a loss of national greatness...
October 13, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Lessons of the Libya War

This military adventure has set a precedent we may not want to repeat...
September 2, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

A Robust State Department

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had one...?
May 6, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Once Upon a Time in America

What our country’s nineteenth century experience teaches us about China today...
January 27, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

In Defense of Defense Spending

Those looking to reduce federal spending should not target the Department of Defense for cuts...
September 28, 2010 | U.S. Naval War College

Economics and Security: Resourcing National Priorities

William B. Ruger Chair of National Security Economics Papers Number 5 - Economics and Security: Resourcing National Priorities...
February 19, 2009 | Foreign Policy

An interview with Kori Schake on her new book

A few days ago was the release of Shadow blogger Kori Schake's new book, Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance...