IDEAS! And an Introduction to The Atlantic


Tom Donilon, President Obama’s National Security Adviser, once told me that the thing he most needed but rarely had was “time to think.”   Donilon has almost single-handedly recrafted the national security decision making process from one in the George W.

Oakley the Amazing Weimaraner Turns 9 (and thoughts on Afghanistan)



The greatest dog in the world, Oakley the Amazing Weimaraner, turned 9 two days ago — and one of his dads has been too busy working on Afghanistan troop issue discussions behind the scenes to post a celebratory note to him.

Saudi Arabia’s Shiites: Caught in the Middle



This is a guest note by Salman Al-Rashid, a Master’s student at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a former intern with the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force. Against the backdrop of this watershed moment in Arab history, a Cold War between Saudi Arabia and Iran has emerged.