Middle East

My Top 5 List for 2014: 5 Biggest Foreign Policy Events for the US in Asia

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I love these hoky, end-of-the-year lists. But I don’t know much about genuinely interesting or cool stuff, like the top 5 classical music pieces or architectural masterpieces of the year. So before you read another list about the Kardashians’ top 5 lip glosses, or the 5 most repetitive comic movies of the year, here is an uber-wonky one that’s basically about the sustainability of the pivot.


My November Diplomat Essay: If We can’t Stop Fighting in the Middle East, We’ll Never Pivot


My Lowy Essay for May: ‘Stop Fetishizing US ‘Credibility’ and ‘Red-Lines’’


My Lowy Essay for May: ‘Stop Fetishizing US ‘Credibility’ and ‘Red-Lines’’


Final Iraq Post – from the Archives: My 2007 Essay in Support of the Iraq Surge


Guest Post – Tom Nichols: “Bob Kelly was Wrong (and Right) about the Iraq War”

imagesCAI6BD5TI am happy to invite my friend Tom Nichols to guest-post about the continuing Iraq War debate.


Iraq 10 Years Later (3): Why the Neocon Theory behind the War Failed

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My first post on the Iraq War asked if academic IR had any responsibility to slow the march to war.


Iraq 10 Years Later (2): What was the Neocon Theory behind the War?


Iraq 10 Years Later (1): How Culpable is Academic International Relations?


Say Ron Paul Won…Which US Allies would get Retrenched? (2) Japan?

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Here is part one where argued that America’s 8 most important allies are, in order: Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Israel, and South Korea.

I argued for 3 quick-and-dirty reasons for that ranking, but I got some criticism on these in the first post, so here is some elaboration :


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