July 9, 2020

Jack Segal | Author

Managing Expectations

April 4, 2020

By the time you read this, the world may have changed yet again. What had begun as a far-off problem in China has exploded across the entire planet. Early suggestions that the Coronavirus would be contained or would not be a major threat to the U.S. have proven wrong. The president’... Read More >>

Dealing with Iran

Jan. 25, 2020

What is U.S. policy toward Iran? Since the Jan. 3 killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), we’ve seen a war of words between President Trump and Ayatollah Khamenei, missile strikes by both sides, and the murder of 176 innocent passenge... Read More >>

Why Ukraine Matters

Dec. 7, 2019

Amidst the clamor of the House impeachment hearings, an unexpected group of heroes emerged. State Department Foreign Service Officers (FSO) and White House experts demonstrated the quality of people who anonymously manage our foreign policy in Washington and who represent our country in m... Read More >>

Afghanistan’s Agony

Oct. 12, 2019

When I made my 40th — and final — trip to Afghanistan in 2010, I thought the end of our Afghan nightmare was in sight. I was wrong. Now, eight-plus years later, we still cling to the same goals for that country that we defined at the beginning, when we established the Afghanis... Read More >>

What Putin Wants

June 8, 2019

The 22-month investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 election has wrapped up with indictments against multiple Russian officials, a Russian “troll farm,” two shell companies, 13 Russian civilians, and 12 Russian military intelligence officers. The Russian attacks inclu... Read More >>

China’s Second Great Leap Forward — Over the U.S.?

April 13, 2019

President Xi Jinping says it is time for China to “take center stage in the world.”  While President Trump has focused on forcing near-term changes to China’s behavior, China has a much longer-term strategic vision that aims to returning it to the position of global... Read More >>

Trump, Putin, and Xi Ponder Nuclear Strategy

Nov. 10, 2018

On October 20, the President announced our withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty after the required six-month warning period. That move could either spell the beginning of an arms race or a sea change in global security. 

The INF Treaty banned...

A Time for Reflection

Sept. 8, 2018

On Sept. 9, Jews worldwide began celebrating the Jewish New Year (“Rosh Hashanah”).  Observant Jews believe that this occasion marks when God sits in judgment of the world’s inhabitants, decides who will live another year, and decides whether the believers will... Read More >>

The View from Moscow

July 14, 2018

The first Putin-Trump Summit on July 16, coming on the heels of a NATO Summit, has a deep historical foundation dating long before President Trump’s tenure. For Vladimir Putin, the build-up to this summit began in East Germany, where he served as a KGB operative during the collapse ... Read More >>

A Friend’s Passing

May 10, 2018

Dennis Sandole, Ph.D., passed away on May 4. He was professor of conflict resolution at George Mason University, and so much more. I first met Dennis and his lifelong partner and wife, Ingrid Staroste, in Frankfurt, Germany. Dennis was a young professor from the University of Southern Cal... Read More >>

Go to Your Room

Jan. 13, 2018

I spent years working to reduce the threat of nuclear war and, while we are far from what I had hoped for, there is a stable equilibrium among the globe’s nuclear powers.  That stability is now challenged by taunts that would get a child sent to their room for a time out.

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Defusing North Korea

Nov. 7, 2017

Kim Jong-Un wants to survive. Donald Trump wants to reaffirm what he already knows: that he’s a great President. Xi Jinping is riding a wave of power just handed to him by China’s 90 million Communist Party members, and Xi now wants to assert China’s role as the pre-emin... Read More >>

Managing Foreign Policy

Aug. 5, 2017

With even FOX’s Chris Wallace citing “tremendous disarray” in the Trump White House, maybe I should explain why I’m still hoping that order might yet emerge from the chaos.

Chief of Staff General John Kelly has joined Lt. General H.R. McMaster in an effort ... Read More >>

Our Saudi “Friends”

June 10, 2017

In his speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 21, President Trump delivered three important messages to leaders of the world’s majority-Muslim countries: that the United States would cooperate with any country that joins in our “counter-extremism” campaign. Second &mdash... Read More >>

President Trump Greets NATO

April 29, 2017

In January it was “obsolete.”  As recently as March, the president remarked, “We have the threat of terrorism and NATO doesn’t discuss terrorism…" But by the time of his first meeting last month with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, the president aff... Read More >>

Dangerous Games on the Korean Peninsula

March 25, 2017

Earlier this month, 300,000 South Korean and 17,000 American troops participated in exercises the Pentagon called “the largest ever.”  An aircraft carrier, two guided missile destroyers, a cruiser, F-35 stealth fighters and drones converged on South Korea in an unpreceden... Read More >>

Today's Nuclear Threats

Feb. 18, 2017

In the 1960s, the U.S and the Soviet Union embarked on a massive expansion of their nuclear arsenals that ultimately led to the amassing of over 50,000 nuclear warheads. Leading analysts at the time began to tackle the question of how these powerful weapons might be used. Henry Kissinger,... Read More >>

Israel: The ‘one-state solution’

Jan. 7, 2017

The past few weeks have seen the sharpest criticism of Israel by the U.S. in decades. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Dec. 28 speech attempted primarily to blame Israel for the continued Israeli-Palestinian impasse. It came a few days after a rare U.S. decision not to veto a U.N. Se... Read More >>

From campaign to reality

Nov. 27, 2016

As President-elect Donald Trump takes control of U.S. foreign policy, a large percentage of the population is betting that he lacks the skills required to handle our numerous overseas problems. An equally large segment of the public is expecting him to go into problem areas with guns blaz... Read More >>