U.S. Foreign Policy Articles

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens as President Barack Obama talks about Hagel’s resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 24, 2014 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
The Realist Prism

Obama Faces Nothing but Problems in Finding Hagel Replacement

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel apparently drew the short straw and emerged as the first sacrificial victim dispatched by President Barack Obama after the dismal midterms. Obama must locate a new defense secretary who can be part of his inner circle rather than being held at arm’s length. more


Strategic Horizons

Understanding the Enemy: Inside the Mind of the Islamic State

By Steven Metz
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This week, military planners from more than 30 countries are gathered in Florida to plot their approach against the so-called Islamic State. Meanwhile, IS is mulling its strategy as well. Both know that if their strategies are to work, they must first try to get inside the mind of their enemy. more

In Context

U.S. Reform Agenda in Myanmar on Shaky Ground

By Maria Savel
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Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Myanmar, where he will attend the East Asia Summit and the U.S.-ASEAN summit. The visit, two years after Obama’s first to the country, comes amid growing concerns over Rohingya minority rights and stalled constitutional reform. more

Strategic Horizons

The U.S. Army Makes Its Case for Post-COIN Relevance

By Steven Metz
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Since the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan counterinsurgencies, the U.S. Army has struggled to reinvent itself and preserve its force structure. This week it released a new roadmap intended to explain its value in the tumultuous and complex security environment that the U.S. faces. more

The Realist Prism

For U.S., Middle East ‘Moderates’ a Fool’s Errand

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The elusive unicorns wandering the forests of America’s Middle East policy are the so-called moderates who will battle the extremists on behalf of the West. There is a touching faith in the existence of these moderates. However, finding them has proved to be an impossible challenge. more