Stop Calling It the “Long War”

America doesn’t–and shouldn’t want to–fight long wars. The immense failures of the Global War on Terror prove why.

What’s Going On? A New Balance of Power in the Mideast

A 15-minute analysis of how the Trump Administration, along with the Sunni Arab states and Israel is attempting to restore a balance of power in the Mideast aimed at 1) containing Iran, 2) countering Islamic extremism, 3) ensuring the flow of oil, and 4) protecting Israel.

Is the U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal the End of Syria As We Know It?

Erik Khzmalyan writes, “In the end, it is the proxy countries that pay the price for the mistakes made by external powers. In this case, we might see Syria disappear from the world map in a century that so hopelessly claimed that geopolitics is a thing of the past.”

Tactical Brilliance, Strategic Dissonance

America has become increasingly militarized at home and brilliant at tactical military victories abroad. However, it lacks strategic leadership and vision. This article argues that with the level of Strategic Dissonance we are currently experiencing, there is no wonder weapon available or in development today that will save America from its downward trajectory in foreign policy. What is needed is a revolution in strategic thought, not military affairs.

Losing the War on Drugs, Part II: Mexico & Regional Destabilization

The Drug War has raged for over forty years. Yet, since 2006, the global War on Drugs has taken a turn for the truly awful. The Mexican Drug War has cost over 100,000 lives, it has destabilized not only Mexico, but also the entire Central American region (and, with Venezuela destabilizing on its own, the instability caused by drug cartels could spread there as things get more desperate). This piece assesses Mexico’s War on Drugs and how the U.S. can best respond to this instability.

The Islamic State Strikes Germany; European Officials Slow to Respond

On July 19 a Hong Kong family was traveling on a train in southern Germany when they were attacked by a 17 year-old Afghan (of Pashtun origin) wielding an axe, intent on killing them in the name of the Islamic State.

Bangladesh at a Crossroads: Modernity or Medievalism?

Following the Islamic State’s savage Dhaka Cafe Attack this last week, I provide a detailed background of Bangladesh, its history, its cultural inclinations, its politics, and where I think the country is headed. Needless to say, like so much of the Muslim world, demographics are working against the pro-Western, secular government.