The Cold War and Post-Cold War Worlds: Continuities in Grand Strategy

I had the good fortune recently to participate in a conference at Duke University sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Strategic Studies. Each of the five sessions featured a paper on the reassessments of U.S. grand strategy that occurred in the aftermath of one of America’s wars from World War II to the present–World War II, […]

Iraq, Afghanistan, and American Credibility: Historical Parallels, Part II

I signed off last week with the promise of more to come on the risk to American credibility worldwide of a U.S. failure, or even,  as Secretary of Defense Gates suggested, a perceived failure, in either Afghanistan or Iraq.  Gates has declared that either one would be “disastrous.”  I was in the process of examining the impact of the U.S. […]