The High Ground – With Harvey Sapolsky

Harvey M. Sapolsky shares his observations on international security issues, and the role of the US in the 21st century. Harvey is Professor of Public Policy and Organization, Emeritus at MIT and was formerly the Director of the MIT Security Studies Program. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In the defense field he has served as a consultant or panel member for a number of government commissions and study groups.

The Fifteen-Sided War

The Fifteen-Sided War

US strategy for dealing with ISIL is widely criticised. However, it seems to be right for a war in which US enemies are its allies and allies are allies of its enemies.

Crimea: Putin’s Big Mistake

Crimea: Putin’s Big Mistake

President Obama may be naïve, and Putin may be a tough guy who knows both the West’s weaknesses, but Putin has made a serious mistake in seizing the Crimea.

The North Korean Question

The North Korean Question

Millions of North Koreans are starving and enslaved while other nations of the region thrive. The more the North opens, the more likely its people will gain some freedom.

Health or Defense

Health or Defense

Obamacare, now in its early stages of implementation, is the US military’s ticket home. The completion of the last element in America’s welfare state is likely to end the security welfare system the US provides for its allies.

How War Weary Are We?

How War Weary Are We?

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have made the U.S. public war weary, which is constraining Obama’s efforts to mobilize support for a strike against the Assad regime. But, how accurate is this picture?

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

Obama recently gave a speech in which he tried to start a national discussion to redefine the nature of the struggle against al Qaeda and its affiliates. He said that this war had to have boundaries and, like all wars, must end.

Iraq: The Mistake Was Staying

Iraq: The Mistake Was Staying

With tens of thousands dead, it is easy to have regrets when reflecting back on the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The real policy mistake was staying there beyond the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The Petraeus Scandal

The Petraeus Scandal

David Petraeus was thought to be a possible Republican US presidential or vice presidential candidate. This affair has ruined such opportunities, but it will not stop him from being part of the discussion of future national security issues.

No Turkish Syrian War

No Turkish Syrian War

Turkey will not be an instrument by which the Assad regime is deposed. It will neither directly attack the Assad government nor be the leader of an intervening coalition. If there is intervention, it will have to be an American initiative.

BAE/EADS Merger is a Mistake

BAE/EADS Merger is a Mistake

BAE Systems is trying to tie up with Airbus’ parent, EADS, to create the world’s largest aerospace company. This merger may yield several problems for the airliner and defence industries.

An Attack on Iran: Four ‘No Ways’ and One ‘Maybe’

An Attack on Iran: Four ‘No Ways’ and One ‘Maybe’

The US is broke, the military is focused on new horizons, and international condemnation on an Israeli preventive action will be overwhelming for the US. Hence, short of an Iranian act of aggression, war is unlikely.

Obama is Overpromising the Wrong Things

Obama is Overpromising the Wrong Things

Fixing America’s debt problem, repairing its infrastructure, and re-training the workforce for a modern economy would prove popular. If only someone would make those promises.