American Studies Association Israel Boycott is Righteous but Wrongheaded

While I concur with the “intent, justice, legality, and morality” of the decision, I nonetheless oppose it.

On Iran, Diplomacy Beats Containment, And Containment Is Smarter Than Military Action

There are many choices in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program there are many choices, but some are better than others.

No, The Iranian Nuclear Program Deal Isn’t Like Munich

The opponents of the temporary deal reached in Geneva have been making some ridiculous historical analogies.

U.S., World Powers, Reach Temporary Nuclear Deal With Iran

Small steps from both sides in the Iranian nuclear negotiations, but too early to say that we’ve reached a solution.

Deal On Iranian Nuclear Program Falls Apart, And That’s Mostly Not A Good Thing

Thanks largely to France, this weekend’s efforts to reach an interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program fell apart.

Progress On Iran Nuclear Deal?

Signs of some progress in the talks over Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Syrian Chemical Weapons Equipment Destroyed Says Syria

The Syrian regime has declared its ability to make chemical weapons destroyed.

A U.S.-Saudi Rift, Or Just A Saudi Temper Tantrum?

Relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia seem to have soured in recent years.

Political Science and the Syrian Civil War

If the Syrian civil war is like other civil wars, it’s not ending any time soon.

Why Some Killing Matters More

Why are chemical weapons a “red line” in a war where so many have been killed?

Obama’s Hamlet Act

The president’s public dithering on Syria is drawing jeers from friend and foe alike.

“The current institutional equilibrium has led to a perverse place”

Will Congress now take some responsibilty?

Obama’s Confused Syria Strategy

Humanitarian wars have their own grammar but not their own logic.

Brits v. the Yanks

An Example of How Institutions Matter.

The Problem of Secrecy

Persuasion is sometimes an important part of being president.

White House: Possible Military Strikes Not Aimed At Regime Change In Syria

The White House confirmed today that the goal of any military intervention in Syria would be very limited. Which makes one wonder what the point of doing anything actually is.

A Counter-Argument on the Use of Force Against Syria

There’s more than one way to look at the civil war in Syria.

Of Course You Realize This Means War

John Kerry’s speech was the crossing of the Rubicon for US military action in Syria.

Whoever Wins, America Loses

In both Egypt and Syria, it’s damned if we do and damned if we don’t.

Syria: What Now?

As President Obama’s red line has been crossed more brazenly, he continues to sound reluctant to intervene in Syria while positioning forces to do just that.

Obama’s Failed Middle East Strategy

Walter Russell Mead explains why a well intentioned, carefully crafted and consistently pursued grand strategy failed.

Yemen Wants Its Own Drones

A headline I never thought I’d see: “Yemen Asks U.S. For Drones To Fight Al Qaeda”

America Has Options in Egypt

Andrew Bacevich argues, persuasively, that “absence of leverage does not preclude options” with respect to Egypt.

Is Egypt Irrelevant?

Does interest in Egypt make the same sense it did 30 years ago?

Baby, Come Back

White House ‘Strongly Condemns’ Egypt Massacre

The Obama administration has issued a strongly worded statement on this morning’s massacre by the Egyptian government.

Egyptian Forces Massacre Morsi Supporters, Hundreds Dead

Hundreds are dead as Egypt’s military government crack down on supporters of the democratically elected government they ousted.

Syrian Anti-Regime Forces Carry Out Mass Executions

Anti-Assad forces are committing atrocities in Aleppo.