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CommentaryThe Shutdown Is Doing Lasting Damage to National Security
As the longest government shutdown in American history drags on, it’s not just hurting the morale of America’s federal work force and the broader American economy. It’s hurtin...
By Carrie Cordero & Joshua A. Geltzer
CommentaryHow Congress can help ensure US leadership in artificial intelligence
The age of artificial intelligence is upon us. AI is no longer a future technology but a present one. The AI revolution is highly global, with nations such as China playing a ...
By Paul Scharre & Ainikki Riikonen
CommentaryIt's Time for the U.S.-South Korea Alliance to Evolve
The alliance between the United States and South Korea has, for the past six decades, been a core pillar of the U.S.-led security architecture in Northeast Asia—but in recent ...
By Kristine Lee
CommentaryDear Pentagon: It’s Not How Big Your Budget Is. It’s How You Use It.
Over the past two months, unusually public negotiations between the White House and the U.S. Department of Defense on the 2020 defense budget request have bounced from $733 bi...
By Susanna V. Blume
CommentaryIf Trump Wants to Get Out of Syria, He Should Strike a Deal With Russia
U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria is a mistake. But if he insists on going ahead with it, the best option for the United States is ...
By Ilan Goldenberg & Nicholas Heras
CommentaryWhat’s Worse Than Brexit? This.
It’s official: the delayed parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s initial Brexit deal with the European Union is now scheduled for Jan. 15. May has had a brutal co...
By Rachel Rizzo
CommentaryWhy China’s Military Wants to Beat the US to a Next-Gen Cell Network
The race for 5G — the next-generation cell-network technology that promises high speed, low latency, and high throughput — has emerged as a new frontier of rivalry in U.S.-Chi...
By Elsa B. Kania
CommentaryTo Retain Today’s Talent, the DoD Must Support Dual-Professional Couples
Talent management in the Department of Defense has received a great deal of critical attention over the last few years, but much of this thinking has centered on how the milit...
By Tom Barron
CommentaryA New Cold War Has Begun
In June 2005, I published a cover story in the Atlantic, “How We Would Fight China.” I wrote that, “The American military contest with China … will define the twenty-first cen...
By Robert D. Kaplan
CommentaryIn a single tweet, Trump destroys U.S. policy in the Middle East
With his decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria, President Trump hands a huge New Year’s gift to President Bashar al-Assad, the Islamic State, the Kremlin and Tehran....
By Victoria Nuland
CommentaryAmerica’s Yo-Yo Diet in the Middle East
President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria is a mistake. But unlike so many of his other ill-considered moves, this one is completely conventiona...
By Ilan Goldenberg
CommentaryIn an Era of Divided Government, China Can Unite
The televised bickering between President Trump and top Democratic leaders illustrates that, if political leaders find any consensus in 2019, it won’t be on the border wall. N...
By Richard Fontaine
CommentaryCongress must face reality in exposing Russian aggression
The shakeup of members of the new Congress provides an opportunity for changing United States foreign policy. After two years of criticizing much of what the Trump administrat...
By Elizabeth Rosenberg & Neil Bhatiya
CommentaryThe Eroding Balance of Terror
Thus far the chief purpose of our military establishment has been to win wars,” the American nuclear strategist Bernard Brodie wrote in 1946. “From now on its chief purpose mu...
By Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, Jr.
CommentaryCongress Can Help the United States Lead in Artificial Intelligence
This week the U.S. Congress will hold hearings focusing on the Defense Department’s progress on artificial intelligence, a critical technology area. On the agenda is the new N...
By Paul Scharre & Michael Horowitz
CommentaryPompeo’s Speech in Brussels Was Tone-Deaf and Arrogant
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set himself an impossible task for his speech in Brussels on Tuesday: take President Donald Trump’s disparaging and often contradictory remarks ...
By Julianne Smith
CommentaryGive Saudi Arabia a Take It or Leave It Deal
President Donald Trump released a statement on November 20 in which he supported Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) claim that he had nothing to do with t...
By Ilan Goldenberg & Kaleigh Thomas
CommentaryThere Really Is No Place For Hazing In A Professional Military
The vigorous Twitter response to the recent piece “There’s A Reason For All That Hazing And Ass-Chewing, And We Shouldn’t Ignore It” highlighted a need to disentangle a few ty...
By Kayla M. Williams
CommentaryCan the U.S. Reinstate “Maximum Pressure” on North Korea?
The diplomatic sprint to North Korean denuclearization has slowed to a crawl. Earlier last month, North Korea abruptly canceled talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,...
By Eric Brewer
CommentaryTo punish the Saudis, protect the Jamal Khashoggis still at work
Senate leaders who emerged from a closed-door briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday were unequivocal: Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was directly inv...
By Vance Serchuk