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 that […]

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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 […]

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