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Rajan Menon is the director of the Grand Strategy Program at Defense Priorities, Spitzer Professor Emeritus at the Powell School of City College of New York, and a senior research fellow at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies. He is the author (with Eugene Rumer) of Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order (MIT Press, 2015).
As the war continues with no end in sight, the country’s ability to prevail at the front will depend on how badly the war damages life on the ground.
Condemning Putin’s war must go hand in hand with imagining a more just security order.
Selected by The New York Times as one of the best reads for context on the current conflict, our book on the unwinding of the post–Cold War order is now available for all to read.
Everyone agrees that child poverty is a problem. Why are Democrats and Republicans so bad at addressing it?
The deep, growing divisions in U.S. society have an outsize effect in determining who suffers from this pandemic—as well as how the government responds.
The barrage of attacks that followed Trump’s decision to reduce the U.S. military presence in Syria obscures the decades-long bankruptcy of the U.S. foreign policy establishment.
U.S. foreign policy disasters fueled our current political crisis. But those who want a new approach must do more than point out past blunders.
To understand Russian and U.S. strategies, you have to read between the lines.
The West thinks of Putin as an aberration among recent Russian rulers, but he stands in line with them. Understanding that continuity is vital to preventing the U.S.–Russian relationship from deteriorating further.
Russiagate is causing more stress than glee for Putin, who always thought Hillary would win.
Why the U.S. must resist the impulse to remake entire societies, particularly through military might.
On ending the standoff in Chechnya.