LIVE STREAM: Can Washington’s National Security Bureaucracy Work?



How can Washington avoid merely moving from one crisis to the next and instead engage in forward looking, strategic policy-making? To address this question, the New America Foundation/American Strategy Program is hosting an event TODAY from 12:15pm – 1:45pm with James Locher, President & CEO of the Project on National Security Reform.

U.S. Continues to Show Limits in the Middle East



Steve Clemons has discussed on this blog the importance of perceptions of power in international relations – and the immense harm that the Bush administration inflicted upon American interests by exposing America’s military, economic, and moral limits.

Matthew Hoh: US Has Lost Track of Why It is In Afghanistan



Matthew Hoh, the first US government official to formally resign his post because of objections to America’s course in Afghanistan, makes a compelling case that America has lost its strategic sensibilities in this war which President Obama has adopted as “the good war”.

Understanding Turkey’s Foreign Policy



The Economist is the latest to weigh in on Turkey’s growing diplomatic role in the Middle East and to question whether Turkey is moving away from the West and toward what has been called a “neo-Ottoman” foreign policy that increasingly emphasizes strengthening ties with Turkey’s southern and eastern neighbors.

Seven Minutes with Daniel Yergin



Daniel Yergin has issued an updated version of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power. When I asked why he chose to release an update of his earlier work, Yergin identified four key factors that have to be added to the energy policy picture.

Washington Note Headlines — 2 November 2009



Karzai Declared Winner. Abdullah Abdullah withdraws from runoff amid concerns about systemic fraud in election system — and Karzai is declared winner. Intrade never had much doubt in the outcome. Clinton Schedules Then Retracts Meeting with Japan Foreign Minister Okada.