Adapting to war in the 21st Century: In Conversation with LTG Robert Caslen, Jr., Superintendent, USMA at West Point


  • Why the U.S. has struggled, despite having the largest defense budget in the world, in combatting non-traditional threats from states and non-state actors with extremely limited resources.
  • How the world’s foremost military academy needs to and can adapt to deal new and ever-changing threats.
  • What it takes to fight against extremist ideologies, whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan or beyond.

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A Middle East Hat Trick for the President?

The three most dangerous issues that confront U.S. national interests in the Middle East, President Obama pointed out in his Sept. 23, 2013, speech at the United Nations, are Syria’s civil war, the nuclear stand-off with Iran, and resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza

With this week’s agreement to begin direct negotiations with Iran, and the joint U.S.-Russian deal to force Syria to destroy its chemical weapons, President Obama has significantly increased the odds of resolving two of them. And he has set the stage for finally ending the impasse on the long festering Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

Whether one thinks the turn of events in Syria and Iran were stage managed by the Obama team, or as many of his critics claim the lucky result of a muddled and fumbling U.S. policy, the fact remains that the Obama administration is on the cusp of engineering a major reset of the Middle East’s geopolitical landscape…

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The Effects of European Financial Uncertainty

The European economy has been struggling for the past half-decade, now the latest trouble comes from Cyprus. What are the implications for the U.S. and for the transatlantic economy.

New Hampshire Public Radio asked me and Matthew Slaughter Faculty Director at the Center for Global Business and Government, the Signal Companies’ Professor of Management, and the Associate Dean for Faculty at Dartmouth College, and an economic advisor in the George W. Bush administration–to discuss this on their widely listened to call-in program “The Exchange with Laura Knoy.”

Book Review: The Sun Never Sets on Britain’s Eternal Question: To Be or Not To Be European

By Sarwar Kashmeri for The Foreign Policy Association

“Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role,” former Secretary of State Dean Acheson presciently observed  in his 1962 speech at the U.S. Military Academy/West Point.  It is the epigram with which David Hannay, the former British diplomat, and one of Britain’s most distinguished foreign service veterans, introduces his insightful, informative, timely, and enjoyable book, Britain’s Quest For a Role: A Diplomatic Memoir from Europe to the U.N.  (I.B. Tauris & Co., Ltd., 2013)…

Hannay writes with the certainty of a university don and the sophistication of a classically trained diplomat. He has had to choose what to emphasize and what to mention without elaboration. His formula works well because it keeps the memoir flowing around his primary focus, which is the tectonic shift in Britain’s place in the world, from empire to a middling world power, and Hannay’s ringside seat during the years of transformation.

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