The Middle East’s Cold War Heats Up: (Or, The Geopolitics of Why Saudi Arabia Is Bombing Yemen)

Last week, Saudi Arabia went to war in Yemen. But you thought that was America's job. Here's why it isn't anymore.

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America Is Not The World’s Policeman; It Just Looks That Way (Or, the American Grand Strategy)

Any discussion with lay people over American foreign policy invariably brings up the "World Policeman."  It's often pejorative; it brings to mind a truncheon-swinging, skull-cracking, know-it-all cop swaggering across the globe.  Often, people will argue America should not be the world police (despite the persuasive arguments offered by the movie); that it ought to butt out … Continue reading America Is Not The World’s Policeman; It Just Looks That Way (Or, the American Grand Strategy)

The Case that Iran Isn’t Crazy (Or: No Revolution Lasts Long Unless It Plays By Geopolitics)

I've been having it out with plenty of folks lately regarding the Iranian nuclear deal.  Last week's speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the American Congress summarized pretty well why there are doubts about the deal, which would leave Iran's nuclear program intact but short of weaponizing. Essentially, it boiled down to ideology … Continue reading The Case that Iran Isn’t Crazy (Or: No Revolution Lasts Long Unless It Plays By Geopolitics)

Why Russia Is Still Outclassed By The United States (Or: Why Russia Will Lose This Mini-Cold War)

2014 was a helluva year for Vladimir Putin.  He's the first European leader to expand his state since West Germany and East Germany united in 1990.  He's the first since Stalin to grow it through military force and get away with it.  He's enjoyed sky-high approval ratings, outmaneuvered Obama on Syria, Ukraine, and, arguably, Iran, and … Continue reading Why Russia Is Still Outclassed By The United States (Or: Why Russia Will Lose This Mini-Cold War)