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Foreign Affairs ran an “expert poll” on the question of whether “NATO enlargement was a mistake.” Someone decided, for reasons that I expect will remain opaque, that I count as an “expert” on the subject. I’m certainly the only participant without a professional headshot. My answer builds upon Cheryl Rofer’s excellent post on counterfactuals and NATO expansion.  Like Cheryl, I’m frustrated […]


On November 23, 2011

Last night I accidentally watched the bulk of the GOP national security debate.  There was certainly a degree of entertainment value, and there’s something to be said for being part of a commun

My WPR column this week is on grand strategy and muddling. In fact, there is no simple dichotomy opposing grand strategy and muddling through. The world is complex, and grand strategies can often lead to unsettled ground. Often, a clear grand strategic idea without a clear concept of how to get from point A to […]


On November 4, 2010

In light of growing disquiet about Chinese intentions and capabilities in the Pacific among US security types, it’s worth taking note of this fairly alarmist Russian analysis: This brings [Aleks

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