For The Atlantic: It’s A Safer, Way More Complicated World Out There

… at least compared with the periods defined by the Cold War and the War on Terror. But with no guiding paradigm, where does foreign policy and national security go from here? During the Cold War, American foreign policy experts divided the world into two broad camps: communist and non-communist. It was a neat paradigm ...

For The Atlantic: Myopia: How Counter-Terrorism Has Blinded Our Intelligence Community

The United States’ overriding interest in “actionable” information on terrorists has produced a dangerous form of tunnel vision. My piece on how to start reforming the intelligence community, for The Atlantic.

For PBS: Petraeus the Paper Tiger

Lost in the Petraeus affair is a very simple question: do we want a man who judged his subordinates’ intellectual capacity by how well they can hold a six-minute mile on his morning run to lead our premier intelligence agency? It was Petraeus’ lack of intellectual integrity and incredible narcissism that should prompt us to ...