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The Art of the Bluff: How Presidents Can Leverage Deception

In the eyes of the DC foreign policy establishment, issuing threats without any intention to back them up with action is a cardinal sin. Bluffing, the thinking along think tank row goes, dangerously undermines U.S. credibility abroad. As Vice President Joe Biden succinctly put it, “big powers don’t bluff.” While this pillar of presidential policymaking is often presented as a truism, it is not as uncontroversial as it may seem.

Foreign Policy Essay

Why Strategic Planning Matters to National Security

Editor's Note: Most national security bureaucracies regularly go through time-consuming reviews and strategic planning exercises. Are these efforts valuable? Jordan Tama of American University argues that they are – at least some of the time and under select conditions. Reviews can change policy when an external crisis or failure challenges existing policy and when the president or other senior leaders are directly involved. In addition, they can help bureaucracies achieve buy-in and otherwise sort themselves out.



Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing On Worldwide Threats

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and DIA Director Lt. General Vincent Stewart will provide an overview of the intelligence community's Worldwide Threat Assessment before the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning.

DNI James Clapper’s statement for the record, including the Worldwide Threat Assessment, may be found here; Lt. General Stewart’s assessment may be found here.

Foreign Policy Essay

Governance and Security Sector Assistance: The Missing Link—Part II

Editor's Note: Last week we looked at how the lack of attention to governance has hindered effective U.S. security sector assistance. This week Gordon Adams of American University and Richard Sokolsky of Carnegie take their arguments one step further. First they go into some depth on current U.S. programs and then they offer a new paradigm for assistance that incorporates governance more systematically and offers ideas for how to change U.S. assistance programs.

Foreign Policy Essay

Governance and Security Sector Assistance: The Missing Link—Part I

Editor's Note: We’re breaking new ground here at the Foreign Policy Essaya two-part series. So many of the problems identified in past Foreign Policy Essays and for Lawfare in general revolve directly or indirectly around the question of allied security forces. Competent local security forces can mitigate problems like terrorism and regional stability. Where they work well (let’s say Denmarkwe all like Denmark, right?), then U.S.


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