The High Ground – With Harvey Sapolsky

In The High Ground Professor 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.

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Good Cop, Bad Cop

European Allies must decide whether or not to honor America as a global intervener by naming the new NATO headquarters building after John McCain.

U.S. Marine Pfc. Garrett Reed, a 22-year-old mortarman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and native of Plano, Texas, watches over a bridge during a security patrol here, Nov. 30. Afghan National Army soldiers and 3/3 Marines met with local elders at a shura and built rapport with local children during the patrol. The Marines of "America's Battalion" will continue to mentor the Afghan National Security Forces as they assume security responsibility in Garmsir district. Their interoperability is designed to further the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance of Afghanistan by defeating insurgent forces and helping secure the Afghan people.

When Will America Come Home? When Trump Visits London, Seoul or Berlin

The forward deployment is a legacy of the Cold War when the US was faced with a challenging Superpower and the need to protect its allies.

The Next Front in a Very Long War

The Next Front in a Very Long War

War memorials are ways in which nations define the conflict for posterity and thus are intensely political in presence and purpose.

Protecting Europe: We Really Mean it

Protecting Europe: We Really Mean it

Once a year or so, the US will complain about how little our allies do. Don’t worry. It is just ritualistic behavior expected of the incumbent and carries no weight back here.

Finding an Alternative World Order

Finding an Alternative World Order

Serious change in the global security order can come about only when the United States actually does less international intervening. Then, others will do more – if slowly at first.

Making Sense of Trump’s Travel Ban

Making Sense of Trump’s Travel Ban

Terrorism terrorizes. The public’s desire for protection will provoke a political response. The ban is a message to friends and family of terrorists.

A World Full of Free Riders?

A World Full of Free Riders?

In some American eyes, most recently in the Trump administration, the rich nations of the world appear to find excuses to do little for global security or even their own defense.

Anger, the Race for the Presidency and US Foreign Policy

Anger, the Race for the Presidency and US Foreign Policy

Trump’s lack of knowledge of foreign policy will draw the most attention for fear of him assuming command of America’s powerful and complex security apparatus.

The Strange Politics of 2016 US Foreign Policy

The Strange Politics of 2016 US Foreign Policy

The center of US foreign policy is to the right of Obama post bin Laden and to the left of George W. Bush. That is where you will find the leading candidates for 2016.

The One Percent Problem

The One Percent Problem

One of the strangest criticisms of US security policy is that it burdens a too small percentage of the American people. In fact, the US has stopped paying for its wars.

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.

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