Antony Blinken

Obama and the Search for Audacity

Obama needed to pay more attention to Ronald Reagan’s dictum that “personnel is policy.” Instead of appointing serious managers of national security policy who could think outside the box—perhaps audaciously—he filled his national security team with tired veterans of Cold War thinking.

Biden and the Lost Art of Political Cabinetry

Biden’s success will ultimately be determined by the political posture of Senator Mitch McConnell, but the initial appointments to his administration point to a strategy designed for political success.

Recent News and Latest Book

Biden’s Quandary: Proxy Wars and Endless Wars

From the end of the Second World War until the administration of Ronald Reagan, there were very few American battlefield deaths in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, and Southwest Asia. Since the administration of George H.W. Bush, however, most American battlefield deaths have taken place in those regions.

Biden’s Possible Strategic Blunder

Donald Trump’s wretched national security inheritance for President Joe Biden included some low-hanging fruit that is being addressed.

Containing the National Security State

Containing the National Security State