The Limitations of a NATO-Middle East Military Cooperation – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The U.S. government should realign its objectives towards the Atlantic Alliance in the Middle East with the reality of NATO’s regional engagement. Given the limitations of NATO’s military cooperation—however, small successes it has yielded—and its security assistance, it should not expect to decisively impact the military effectiveness of Middle Eastern partners. But NATO has and [...]

Looking at War Across 2,500 Years – The New York Times

I think the United States was right to invade Afghanistan after 9/11 (yet wrong to stay any longer than six months). But even as I differed with his words, I was glad to read them. Edstrom is asking hard questions that both the American people and their leaders have sidestepped for years. For example, he [...]

How Do You Know If You’re Living Through the Death of an Empire? – Mother Jones

The fall of an empire—the end of a polity, a socioeconomic order, a dominant culture, or the intertwined whole—looks more like a cascading series of minor, individually unimportant failures than a dramatic ending that appears out of the blue. Carts full of olive oil failing to arrive at some nameless fort because of a dysfunctional [...]

When it comes to coronavirus response, superpowers may need to study smaller nations – The Washington Post

... smaller countries have gained newfound recognition as the world takes note of their early, and still tentative, successes. Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, put it this way: The largest and most powerful nations will need to study what went right among smaller and less powerful ones. “I’d like [...]

Will a Global Depression Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic Trigger Another World War?

Will a Global Depression Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic Trigger Another World War? The bottom line: Economic conditions (i.e., a depression) may affect the broader political environment in which decisions for war or peace are made, but they are only one factor among many and rarely the most significant. Even if the COVID-19 pandemic has [...]

If history was more like science, would it predict the future? | Aeon Essays

... it is not at all clear that creating a science of history is actually a good thing. But what’s certainly dangerous is letting one particular perspective on what it means to study something scientifically take centre-stage in debating the issue. The methodological reflections of field scientists on how to do science outside the laboratory, [...]

Toward a collaborative model of pandemic preparedness and response: Taiwan’s changing approach to pandemics – ScienceDirect

Over time, as newly emerging infectious diseases have become increasingly common and more easily spread, it has become clear that traditional response mechanisms have proven inadequate to the task of prevention and control. Drawing on Taiwan as a case study, we assess the role of the whole-of-society approach to epidemic response as arises from the [...]

How Different Is the “New Normal” from the Old Normal in South Asian Crises? – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

How Different Is the “New Normal” from the Old Normal in South Asian Crises? - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace — Read on carnegieendowment.org/2020/05/08/how-different-is-new-normal-from-old-normal-in-south-asian-crises-pub-81746

The World Order Is Dead. Here’s How to Build a New One for a Post-Coronavirus Era. – POLITICO

International orders seldom change in noticeable ways. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, the Pax Romana was not a passing phase: it persisted for centuries. The order that arose from the 1815 Congress of Vienna didn’t fully unravel until the outbreak of World War I in 1914. But at rare moments, confidence in [...]