America’s Broken Defense Budget

The House of Representatives have passed the National Defense Authorization Act up to the Senate. It represents one of the most wasteful budgets in history. I explain why our defense budget is broken and what we must do to repair it before it’s too late.

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America’s Iran Policy Adrift

The Trump Administration needs to decide if it is going to contain Iran or engage. If it decides to engage Iran, it will set the tables for the Islamic Republic’s ascent into the nuclear club which, in turn, will spark a nuclear arms race in the Mideast, and potentially destabilize the entire world system.

What’s Going On? A New Balance of Power in the Mideast

A 15-minute analysis of how the Trump Administration, along with the Sunni Arab states and Israel is attempting to restore a balance of power in the Mideast aimed at 1) containing Iran, 2) countering Islamic extremism, 3) ensuring the flow of oil, and 4) protecting Israel.

The True Ambitions of Russian Foreign Policy

Most Western analysts are incorrect in their view on Russian foreign policy intentions. Very often, they focus solely on Russia’s western side and completely ignore Russia’s Far East. This backgrounder seeks to change that. After all, Russia without its Far East is not Russia. It is Muscovy. And that’s not a country, it’s an existential target.

After Action Report: Cyber Peace With Russia?

I cut through the partisan miasma and actually perform a cost/benefit analysis of Putin’s proposed joint-Russian-U.S. cyber warfare unit.

Bangladesh at a Crossroads: Modernity or Medievalism?

Following the Islamic State’s savage Dhaka Cafe Attack this last week, I provide a detailed background of Bangladesh, its history, its cultural inclinations, its politics, and where I think the country is headed. Needless to say, like so much of the Muslim world, demographics are working against the pro-Western, secular government.