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International Affairs

Grand Strategy

“Make the Free World Free Again,” The Dispatch, June 9, 2020.

Leading the Free World: How America Benefits, Atlantic Council, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, December 18, 2019.

“Conservative Internationalism Out of Power,” Orbis, Winter 2018, pg. 105-115.

“Reassessing Obama’s Legacy of Restraint,” War on The Rocks, March 6, 2017.

“On Strategy, Grand and Mundane,” Orbis, Vol. 60, No. 2, Spring 2016, pg. 237-247.

“Improving Strategic Competence: Lessons From 13 Years of War.” With Linda Robinson, et al. RR-816-A. The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA: 2014.

 “Organizing the NSC:  I Like Ike’s,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 3 (September 2013), pg. 592-606.

“Five Pillars of U.S. Grand Strategy,” Survival, Vol. 54, Issue 5, October/November 2012, pg. 7-44.

“American Grand Strategy and the Democratic Peace,” Survival, Vol. 54, Issue 2, April/May 2012, pg. 49-76.

“Be Afraid:  Why the World is More Dangerous Than You Think,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 91, No. 4, July/August 2012, pg. 146-9.

International Relations Theory

“Searching for Recognition at the End of History,” H-Diplo/ISSF, January 30, 2020.

“On the Unreality of Realism in International Relations,” H-Diplo/ISSF State of the Field Essay, October 2, 2019.

“Fukuyama Was Right (Mostly),” The American Interest, January 14, 2019.

“Can We Handle the Truth? What Robert Kagan Gets Right About Liberalism,” Providence Magazine, May 6, 2019.

“Non-‘Western’ Liberalism and the Resilience of the Liberal International Order,” The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 2018, pg. 137-153.

“Democratization Isn’t As Hard As You Think It Is,” Law and Liberty, June 7, 2018.

“Why Visit Normandy? Reflections on a Birthplace of the Liberal International Order,” War on the Rocks, June 25, 2018.

“Mapping Ideology in the Age of Trump,” War on the Rocks, February 5, 2018.

“Worshipping at the Altar of the Nation?” The American Interest, May 1, 2017.

National Security Policy

“Should the United States Fight World War III for Ukraine?” The Dispatch, December 10, 2021.

“Why the Summit of Democracy Is Not Enough,” The Dispatch, December 7, 2021.

“The War: Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II,” Law and Liberty, August 3, 2020; and “Assigning Blame in the Post-War Crisis,” August 31, 2020.

“How the Intelligence Community Predicted COVID-19,” The Dispatch, March 26, 2020.

“Evangelicals, Israel, and U.S. Foreign Policy,” Survival, Vol. 56, No. 1, February/March 2014, pg. 7-26.

“Expecting Peace: Getting to Negotiations in Syria,” PE-126-OSD. Santa Monica: The RAND Corporation, 2014.

“The Fading Arab Oil Empire,” National Interest, No. 120, July/August 2012, pg. 38-43.

“The Case for Nation Building:  Why and How to Fix Failed States,” Prism, Vol. 3, No. 1, December 2011, pg. 63-74.

“Working for the War Czar:  Intelligence Support to Policy in Crises,” Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 54, No. 2, June 2010.

“A Bibliographic Essay on the Allied Occupation and Reconstruction of Germany, 1945-1955,” Small Wars and Insurgencies, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2013, pg. 751-759.

Op-eds, Magazine Articles, and Blog Posts

“We Don’t Celebrate the USSR on V-E Day—Here’s Why,” Arc Digital, May 17, 2020.

“Ending the ‘Endless War’ Trope,” The New Atlanticist, March 26, 2020.

“Yes, Blame China for the Virus,” Foreign Policy, March 25, 2020.

“Stop Volunteering to Do the Awful Arithmetic for COVID-19,”Providence Magazine, March 25, 2020.

“The Rebirth of Internationalism?” The New Atlanticist, October 22, 2019.

“The Rhetoric of Freedom,” Providence Magazine, August 16, 2019.

“Remembering the Moral Purpose of War,” The New Atlanticist, November 12, 2018.

“Trump and the Fearful Decline of the International Order” Providence Magazine, November 6, 2018.

“This is How the Liberal International Order Dies,” The New Atlanticist, July 12, 2018.

“Trump’s North Korea Agreement Makes War More Likely,” The New Atlanticist, July 6, 2018.

“With Syria chemical attack, another Obama foreign policy deal fails hard,” The Hill, April 13, 2017.

“Trump v. Kim: A Test of Wills Over the Korean Peninsula,” Defence-in-Depth, June 7, 2017.

“The Weight of the World,” with William Inboden, Alcalde, March/April 2015.

“What Realists Get Wrong About Niebuhr,” The American Interest, online, February 21, 2015.

“Don’t Thank Me For My Military Service,” The Federalist, August 28, 2015.

“What Realists Get Wrong About Niebuhr,” The American Interest, February 21, 2015.

“Is Islam a Terrorist Religion? (Hint: No)” The Federalist, February 26, 2015.

“Five Ways Americans Could Really Help Syria’s Refugees,” The Federalist, November 24, 2015.

Book Reviews

“To Hell and Back: A Review of Steve Walt’s The Hell of Good Intentions,” Law and Liberty, August 20, 2019.

“The Vice of Nationalism: A Review Essay of Yoram Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalism,” Orbis, Spring 2019.

“Structural Realism Has No Clothes:  A Review of John Mearsheimer’s The Great Delusion,” Law and Liberty, April 15, 2019.

Policy Series: “Will Trump’s Nationalism Change American Foreign Policy?” A Review Essay on Charlie Laderman and Brendan Simms’ Donald Trump: The Making of a Worldview. ISSF, April 4, 2017.

“Gates Unhinged,” a review of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, by Robert M. Gates,, March 2014.

“Secret Service:  The Swashbuckler Behind America’s Clandestine Agencies,” The Weekly Standard, July 18, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 41.