The 1950s and the 1980s were decades of nuclear fear. The arms race of the 1950s culminated in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, after which institutions and procedures were put in place to cut back some of the causes of that fear. The Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty put nuclear tests underground, which made them more difficult and expensive and began to slow down the arms race. Better communications between American and Soviet leaders were developed. Treaties to limit the numbers of nuclear weapons followed. Read More
This is the most important piece you can read today. Max Fisher tells the whole story of how the United States decided to invade Iraq in 2003 and how too many of the ideas behind that invasion still drive our foreign policy. And this is precisely why it is important: we must change that way of thinking. Read More
China wants to build a new rail route to Europe. That would help to open commerce for the Central Asian nations along the way. Those nations were part of the Soviet Union, and Russia sees them as its sphere of influence. But it is not in a position to promote something like that new rail route. Plus Russia would like to ally more closely with China, but their respective economies would easily subordinate Russia in that relationship. Interesting times ahead. Read More
Let’s resolve to stop assuming the worst of each other in 2016. Will McCants is talking about Muslims and others, but that’s a good admonition for all sorts of relationships.