Long Knives out for Social Security

December 21, 2016

True, Trump during the campaign promised to protect Social Security, saying, for example in March that “it’s my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is.

Syrian children holding up peace sign

Congress should support bill to grant temporary visas to Syrian refugee children

December 15, 2016

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) added to his long list of credits when, in the dying hours of the 114th Congress, he introduced a bill that should cheered everyone’s holidays—HR 6510: The Save the Children Act of 2016.

Obama TPP discussion

The End of the TPP Will Not Upend America’s Role In Asia

December 07, 2016

There are many reasons to believe that the end of the TPP will have rather few implications for America’s role in the region.

Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and other Congressmembers

Democrats, Avoid The Deficit Trap

November 28, 2016

The Democrats have responded to Republican criticism that they are burdening future generations with debt by making great effort to reduce deficits; this often entailed capping social expenditures. The following Republican administrations then used the slack created by the lower deficits to pay for huge tax benefits to the rich and to balloon the deficit...We are about to witness another round of this same sequence

Fighting between Kurdish gunmen and Al-Nusra Front.

Syria: The Next U.S. President's First 100 Days

October 29, 2016

America’s goal should be ending the civil war, not regime change.

It is not just Wall Street

October 25, 2016

Democrats like to think about the government as a provider of Social Security and Medicare, the guardian of national parks, and the place you get your passport. However, many see daily examples of a government serving special interests at the cost of the public.

President Barack Obama offers a toast to President Xi Jinping of China. Copyright: Flickr/The White House

How China and America Can Make a Serious North Korea Deal

October 10, 2016

While Trump’s suggestion for how to deal with North Korea is not more likely to be adopted than a few of his other ideas, the challenge of North Korea is real enough. In effect, there is a strong case to be made that the greatest threat to U.S. security that the new president will have to confront is that of North Korea.

Foreign Policy, An Interview with Deborah Kalb

September 26, 2016

This interview was conducted with Deborah Kalb in regards to Amitai Etzioni's latest publication: Foreign Policy: Thinking Outside the Box. 

Testimony Before Asia and Pacific Subcommittee

September 22, 2016

On September 22, 2016, Professor Amitai Etzioni testified for the Asia and Pacific subcommittee hearing titled “Diplomacy and Security in the South China Sea: After the Tribunal.”  His testimony calls for a grand bargain between the United States and China and provides details about what such a bargain may include.

US Navy ships, Image Credit: Official U.S. Navy Page

Making a US-Sino War ‘Thinkable’?

September 22, 2016

A recently published study of four ways that the U.S. and China may engage in war seems at first to warn against the high human and economic costs of all four kinds of engagement. 

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To Stop Terrorism, Detain Potential Terrorists

September 12, 2016

Most law enforcement involves punishment after a crime is committed. But terrorism is no ordinary case.

Build a wall? On the beaches?

August 31, 2016

If Trump the Quack would be half serious about national security, he would call for building a wall, not on the border with Mexico, but along the beaches running from Maine to Key West, and from Seattle to San Diego.

Tank outside Misrata, Libya/ Flickr @joepyrek

The Illusion That America Can Fix Libya

August 29, 2016

Will we ever learn? How many people will have to die, and how many more hundreds of billions of dollars will be squandered, before we get that long-distance social engineering does not work?

Obama, Biden, Xi. Image Credit: White House

For a Grand Bargain with China

August 23, 2016

Few people who are in Asia or who are interested in Asia can afford not to study Kurt Campbell’s new bookThe Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia. The book justifies the pivot by arguing that “the lion’s share of the history of twenty-first century will be written in Asia.”