"Though China has been increasingly aggressive in the South and East China Seas over the last three years, the dispatch of an oil rig indicates a troubling change in Chinese behavior."
"The surest way to avoid strategic failure is to insist on strict limits on Iran’s nuclear activities and intrusive inspections, and credibly threaten stiff penalties for cheating."
"The QDR rings enough alarm bells to raise a big red flag for policymakers. It notes that current budgets only support a force that will still face increased risk in some missions."
"Netanyahu discussed the world’s blind refusal to see what was coming in the 1930s despite all the evident warnings: 'How is it possible that so many people failed to understand reality? The bitter, tragic truth is this: It is not that they did not see. They did not want to see.'”
"Both understandings tend to encourage a form of binary thinking within the liberal Western press: either we say and do more to support democracy in Ukraine for humanitarian reasons, or we stay out of it as cold-blooded realists who have no stake in this fight. This is a flawed understanding of what is really at stake."
"Even if Putin’s comments represent a policy shift by Russia and open the door to more productive diplomacy, the crisis in Ukraine is far from over."
"NATO's relevance to American and Western security is not a new question. At the end of the Cold War, there were numerous voices here and on the continent doubting NATO's continued importance. With no overriding Soviet threat to hold capitals together, how, it was asked, would NATO ever be able to act in concert?"