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 ›
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August 8, 2016
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.
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.
August 18, 2016
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.
International Security, issue 1, volume 41
Michael Cohen responds to Mark Bell's summer 2015 article, "Beyond Emboldenment: How Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Can Change Foreign Policy."
The summer 2016 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
is now available
Author Chat: Joshua Itzkowitz Shifrinson
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