Robert Dreyfuss, a Nation contributing editor, is an investigative journalist in Alexandria, Virginia, specializing in politics and national security. He is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam and is a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, The American Prospect and Mother Jones.
The US bombing of a Pakistani border outpost, US drone attacks and Pakistani support for the Taliban—all threaten to destroy the chances for a peaceful US-NATO exit from Afghanistan.
The United States has alienated both allied regimes and their opposition movements.
Economic crisis, deficit mania and war weariness have created political momentum for big cuts to military spending.
Among Republicans, a civil war has broken out over defense spending.
If Obama is looking for a reason to scale back his foreign policy ambitions, the GOP takeover of the House is the perfect excuse.
Powerful politicians and think tankers are using the nuclear issue to foment hysteria.
On the American left, there's no consensus about how to respond to China's emergence. Confront China or accommodate? Slam China with tariffs or invite it to build in the US? And what about human rights? Robert Dreyfuss talks to progressives about what the country's rapid rise means for the Chinese—and for Americans.
China must do two things at once: continue to industrialize while sharply limiting carbon emissions. Will its newfound focus on renewable energy technology be enough?
Obama, Petraeus and the cult of COIN in Afghanistan.
A dirty little secret is that virtually no one thinks sanctions can work as intended.