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The End of Political History

August 30, 2016

Writing in The New York Times, Fredrik Logevall and Kenneth Osgood warn that U.S. political history as a field of study has cratered, endangering a vital part of America's democratic discussion. More ›

See also:

The President Needs a Dream Team of Historians More ›

The Applied History Project's Manifesto More ›


The Syria Chemical Weapons Deal Failed

New reports reveal Assad never gave up his WMDs.

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Will the Paris Climate Deal Work?

The accord needs domestic support to succeed.

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Jacquelyn Martin/AP

August 8, 2016

"Why ISIS Fears Israel"

The National Interest

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

In the wake of the Orlando and Istanbul attacks, President Obama reiterated his determination to “destroy” ISIS by executing a strategy that combines air strikes, American special-operations units and support for local ground forces. Both of the candidates campaigning to succeed him insist that the United States must do more: Donald Trump advocates that Washington “bomb the hell out of” the group, while Hillary Clinton promises to “smash the would-be caliphate.” All three, however, are in violent agreement on one point: the overriding objective must be to destroy ISIS.



Audrey McAvoy/AP

September/October 2016

"America’s Awesome Military"

Foreign Affairs

By Michael O'Hanlon and David H. Petraeus, Non-resident Senior Fellow

The United States has the best military in the world today, by far. U.S. forces have few, if any, weaknesses, and in many areas—from naval warfare to precision-strike capabilities, to airpower, to intelligence and reconnaissance, to special operations—they play in a totally different league from the militaries of other countries. Nor is this situation likely to change anytime soon, as U.S. defense spending is almost three times as large as that of the United States’ closest competitor, China, and accounts for about one-third of all global military expenditures—with another third coming from U.S. allies and partners.

Nevertheless, 15 years of war and five years of budget cuts and Washington dysfunction have taken their toll.



Mstyslav Chernov/AP

August 18, 2016

"Does Russia Want War With Ukraine? Not Really—Or Not Yet"

The National Interest

By Simon Saradzhyan, Director, Russia Matters Project; Assistant Director, U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The disagreements between Moscow and Kiev on whether there were any armed skirmishes in Crimea at all and, if so, which side initiated them, did not stop international media from sounding alarms that a war may soon break out between Russia and Ukraine.



Summer 2016

"Correspondence: The Effects of Acquiring Nuclear Weapons"

International Security, issue 1, volume 41

By Michael D. Cohen and Mark Bell, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, July 2014–June 2016

Michael Cohen responds to Mark Bell's summer 2015 article, "Beyond Emboldenment: How Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Can Change Foreign Policy."


<em>International Security</em>

The summer 2016 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
is now available

  1. Policy Instruments for Climate Change: How Can National Governments Address a Global Problem?
  2. Future Warfare in the Western Pacific: Chinese Antiaccess/Area Denial, U.S. AirSea Battle, and Command of the Commons in East Asia
  3. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy
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