Is the Arctic the Next Superpower Battleground?
The harsh, sparsely populated Arctic is warming and sea ice is falling, which means governments are looking north for both economic ventures and as an arena of strategic competition. This goes even more so for the Kremlin. Russia has the longest Arctic border in the world, and its oil and gas... Read more
Oliver Stone Defines Useful Idiot in ‘The Putin Interviews’
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin is a charmer, and after four hours of Oliver Stone’s softball questions he drew me in. Here was a world leader with the calm, intelligence and presence of mind lacking in so many other leaders these days. To here Putin tell it, he cares about... Read more
The Roots of American Political Violence
Antifa and white nationalists clash in the streets. Students armed with bats on a college campus patrol the sidewalks. A man in Portland stabs several people on a bus, and another in Virginia opens fire on Republican legislators on a baseball field. This week on War College, Joe Young—an... Read more
Stopping Gangs Means Talking to Gang Members
Chicago’s gang problem is different in many ways from a full-scale counterinsurgency campaign, such as the one the United States fought against Iraqi insurgents from 2003 to 2011. Although Chicago’s 786 homicides in 2016 would make the city the 13th deadliest global armed conflict, Chicago’s gang members rarely directly... Read more
The Saudi Regime Is Playing the U.S. Government
At this point, it’s no great surprise when U.S. Pres. Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi... Read more
France Is Helping Iraq to Kill French Citizens
The Wall Street Journal has revealed that France has been passing intel to the Iraqi armed forces to help the Iraqis to target French citizens fighting on behalf of Islamic State. The stated purpose of this French policy is to prevent those same French citizens from returning to their... Read more
Donald Trump Is Building an Alliance of Oil States
That Donald Trump is a grand disruptor when it comes to international affairs is now a commonplace observation in the establishment media. By snubbing NATO and withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, we’ve been told, Trump is dismantling the liberal world order created by Franklin D. Roosevelt at the... Read more
How America Can Stamp Out Political Violence
In the early hours of June 14, 2017, James T. Hodgkinson fired on Republican lawmakers playing baseball in a Virginia park. Hodgkinson died in custody and though he wounded five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), he fortunately failed to kill anyone. In the hours after the... Read more
It’s Time to Strengthen Foreign-Lobbying Law
Foreign influence on U.S. policy has been in the media spotlight a lot recently, from concerns that foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation improperly influenced Hillary Clinton’s decision-making as Secretary of State, to allegations that Pres. Donald Trump’s former national security adviser failed to register as a foreign lobbyist.... Read more
Avoiding Apocalypse on the Korean Peninsula
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis remarked that a war with North Korea would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.” No kidding. “Tragic” doesn’t even begin to describe the horrors that would flow from such a conflict. The Korean peninsula, all 85,270 square miles of it, is about the size... Read more