Washington Contemplates The Chinese Military – Analysis

By June Teufel Dreyer* After enduring much criticism for its tepid reaction to China’s assertive behavior, there are signs that Washington is considering a stronger stance. For several decades, U.S. official publications had repeated what was, in essence, a mantra: the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is progressively improving its weapons and training, although it is … Continue reading Washington Contemplates The Chinese Military – Analysis

American Grand Strategy: Lessons From The Cold War – Analysis

By Hal Brands* U.S. grand strategy stands at a crossroads. Since World War II, America has pursued an ambitious and deeply engaged grand strategy meant to shape the global order—a grand strategy that, in many ways, has been profoundly productive for both the United States and the wider world. Yet in the wake of the … Continue reading American Grand Strategy: Lessons From The Cold War – Analysis

Islam And Islamism: A Primer For Teachers And Students

By Samuel Helfont* Defining – and distinguishing between – the terms Islam and Islamism has broad consequences for America, both domestically and internationally. However, teaching about the relationship between these two concepts involves negotiating numerous sensitivities and it can cause considerable consternation for educators. At the most basic level, Islam is a major world religion … Continue reading Islam And Islamism: A Primer For Teachers And Students

Retrenchment Chic: The Dangers Of Offshore Balancing – Analysis

By Hal Brands* Retrenchment is all the rage in the academic strategic studies community.[1] In recent years, a growing number of scholars—including prominent international-relations “realists” like Stephen Walt, John Mearsheimer, and Christopher Layne—have argued that Washington should retreat from the ambitious strategy it has followed since World War II, and that it should embrace a … Continue reading Retrenchment Chic: The Dangers Of Offshore Balancing – Analysis

Quick Guide To Foreign Policy Views Of US Democratic Presidential Candidates – Analysis

By Brandon George Whitehill* As of this writing, five Democrats are running for their party’s nomination for President of the United States: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee. Of these candidates for president, three (Sanders, Clinton, Chafee) were members of Congress during 9/11 and the votes on Afghanistan and Iraq … Continue reading Quick Guide To Foreign Policy Views Of US Democratic Presidential Candidates – Analysis