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Past articles by Dominic:

How Putin Got Into America’s Mind

He learned the art of destabilizing his opponents from the Stasi, East Germany’s secret police. → Read More

The U.S. Isn’t Really Leaving Syria and Afghanistan

Even if American troops come home in a timely fashion, they will likely return before long. → Read More

Russia’s Strength Is Its Weakness

When Moscow flexed its muscles and invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Soviet influence didn’t expand. Instead, the intervention spurred a coalition of resistance from mujahideen rebels, the United States, Osama bin Laden and his Arab volunteer fighters, Pakistan, and China. This turned the adventure into a costly quagmire—contributing to the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. As the Cold War wound… → Read More

North Korea Wants to End up Like Pakistan, Not Libya

A poor country made enormous sacrifices to get nuclear weapons—and has them still. → Read More

America Keeps Accidentally Helping Iran

By scrapping the nuclear deal, President Trump is following the established U.S. playbook of aiding Tehran. → Read More

When Britain and France Almost Merged Into One Country

An extraordinary near-miss of history helps explain Brexit. → Read More

The Risks of Foreign Policy as Political Distraction

World leaders have often been tempted to divert attention from problems at home with projects abroad. → Read More

Obama Faces the Ex-President's Dilemma

The former president must decide how to remain an influential player in the world without intervening too much in the national debate. → Read More

Why America Cares About Chemical Weapons

Upholding the norm against their use helps America win wars. → Read More

How the Trump Administration Could Get Sucked Further Into Syria

America’s recent big wars—in Afghanistan and Iraq—were supposed to be speedy regime change operations, but both turned into costly and prolonged counter-insurgency campaigns. → Read More

Giving the Military More Money Won't Make It Win More

The fallacy at the heart of the new defense budget → Read More

Can James Mattis Protect Trump From Hubris?

Government news resource covering technology, performance, employment, telework, cybersecurity, and more for federal employees. → Read More

What Does It Mean That Trump Is 'Leader of the Free World'?

The presidency of Donald Trump, and the prospect of a new and radically different vision of U.S. foreign policy, has raised the question of whether the United States is still the leader of the free world. The commentator Anne Applebaum, for example, concluded that the West might be nearing the end of its shelf life, and that “Under President Trump, we cannot assume that America is still the… → Read More

Can James Mattis Protect Trump From Hubris?

The president-elect and the risks of overconfidence. → Read More

Trump, Putin, and the Art of Appeasement

The famed deal maker seems intent on giving away American leverage for nothing. → Read More

Why Donald Trump Needs David Petraeus

The president-elect doesn’t understand that war is politics, because he lacks experience in both war and politics. → Read More

Syria and the Cycle of American Intervention

Washington's zeal for humanitarian action ebbs and flows. And many are dying as a result. → Read More

Powerful Countries Don't Nuke First

A no-first-use approach toward nuclear weapons is the policy of Goliath, not Gandhi. → Read More

Powerful Countries Don't Nuke First

A no-first-use approach toward nuclear weapons is the policy of Goliath, not Gandhi. → Read More

Powerful Countries Don’t Nuke First

Powerful Countries Don’t Nuke First By Dominic Tierney September 14, 2016 On September 5, The New York Times reported that the Obama administration is weighing whether to adopt a so-called “no-first-use” nuclear doctrine. This would allow the United States to launch nuclear weapons only if the enemy deployed them first. Such a change would be a dramatic policy shift: Washington has always kept… → Read More