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U.S. door gunners in H-21 Shawnee gunships look for a suspected Viet Cong guerrilla who ran to a foxhole from the sampan on the Mekong Delta river bank, Jan. 17, 1964 (AP photo by Horst Faas).
Strategic Horizons

For Hint of Iraq’s Future, Take Another Look at Vietnam War

By Steven Metz
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Although it was common to hear ominous warnings of “another Vietnam” as Iraq devolved into insurgency in 2004, many soon concluded that the Vietnam analogy did not apply to Iraq. But Iraq’s unraveling over the past year suggests the Vietnam conflict may provide indications of Iraq’s future after all. more


Global Insider

Djibouti Cultivating Diverse Economic, Military Partnerships

By The Editors
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China is in negotiations with Djibouti to open a military base in the country, adding to its current roster of French, U.S., Japanese and EU military facilities. In an interview, David Styan, lecturer in politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, discussed Djibouti’s foreign relations. more

Strategic Horizons

Robotic Revolution Opens New Front for Homeland Security

By Steven Metz
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The growing interest in robots among the world’s militaries has potential dangers, among them that autonomous “killer robots” might someday be used against humans. While this certainly deserves concern and attention, there is an even greater risk: the adoption of robots by “dark organizations.” more

World Citizen

Camp David Summit Is U.S. Debut for Rising Saudi Prince

By Frida Ghitis
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Among the many challenges facing President Barack Obama and U.S. officials meeting with Gulf Arab leaders this week, one has abruptly climbed to near the top of the agenda: taking the measure of the rising star of the Saudi firmament, King Salman’s son Prince Mohammed bin Salman. more

Strategic Horizons

Will the U.S. Military Continue to Win the Innovation Contest?

By Steven Metz
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Strategic superiority is not simply a matter of who has the most troops and weapons. It is also about who wins the ongoing contest of military innovation to possess tomorrow’s winning ideas. A few decades ago the U.S. was the undisputed master of this contest. Today, the playing field has leveled. more

U.S. Grand Strategy for a Time of Transformation

By Judah Grunstein
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With no more elections to contest and no hope of cooperation from a Republican-controlled Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama seems poised to go transformational. To get a sense of what that transformation might or should look like, it helps first to understand what he has tried so far. more

The Realist Prism

In Final Two Years, Is Obama Ready to Go Transformational?

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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In November 2008, in my first article for World Politics Review, I asked whether the newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama would govern more as a Wilsonian idealist or as a progressive realist when it came to U.S. foreign policy. Six and a half years later, I realize that this was the wrong question to pose. more