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Daniel DePetris

Daniel R. DePetris is a fellow at Defense Priorities.
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Trump’s Iran Strategy Is No Strategy At All

October 19, 2017 After an internal policy review that lasted nine months, President Donald Trump addressed the American people last Friday to unveil a new strategy on Washington’s principal adversary in the Middle East. Iran, Trump argued, continues to foment terrorism, sectarianism, instability, and death throughout the region, and the previous administration was...

Even the Marines Couldn’t Prepare John Kelly For What He’ll Have To Do For Donald Trump

August 17, 2017 Retired general John Kelly, a man who has defined his entire life’s work on service to the United States as a former Marine general and secretary of Homeland Security, is now in a position that even four decades in the US military may not have prepared him for. Not in...

Rex Tillerson’s First Big Test As Secretary Of State Has Finally Come

July 3, 2017 When Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt decided to send a collective message to Qatar that Doha would now be isolated from its neighbors over terrorism concerns, my reaction to the news was cautious. Personal animosity and policy differences between the Saudis and Qataris are nothing new;...

Want to Reduce Iran’s and al-Qaeda’s Sway in Yemen? End the War

June 9, 2017 The civil war in Yemen went all but unmentioned during President Trump’s recent visit to the Middle East, crowded out by speeches about terrorism and promises to sell the Saudis up to $110 billion worth of weapons. Amid the extravagant pomp and circumstance, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did tell...

Analysis: Three Lessons Trump Must Take From His First 100 Days If He Wants to Keep Being President

May 9, 2017 As the White House Correspondents’ Dinner recedes into a distant memory, overtaken by everything from the French election to Sally Yates, the media’s stock-taking of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office missed one key thing: In almost every story, reporters, pundits, and correspondents paid curious little attention to a...

Trump’s North Korea Policy is the Same as Obama’s — He Just Doesn’t Want to Admit It

April 21, 2017 “Strategic patience.” It’s a phrase almost as infamous in the foreign policy lexicon as president Barack Obama’s “red line” or president George H.W. Bush’s “line in the sand.” And yet if “red line” is a connotation for America’s failure to meet a commitment and “line in the sand” connotes US...

Don't Let Trump Fool You, He's Still No Interventionist

April 18, 2017 President Donald Trump’s decision to order a Tomahawk missile attack on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for the Assad regime’s latest war crime was more than an act of deterrence—it was the death of the president’s “America First” foreign policy doctrine. The world looks a lot more glaring and overwhelming...

What Obama Can Do Before He Leaves Office

December 14, 2016 With the political media focused predominately on president-elect Donald Trump’s interview process for top cabinet positions in his administration, we all tend to forget that US president Barack Obama still has a little less than two months in office before his second term finally ends. While this isn’t a particularly...

Obama is Quietly Expanding the War on Terror in Africa While the World is Distracted by Trump

December 2, 2016 On Nov. 28, a young man named Abdul Razak Ali Artan ran his car into a crowd of pedestrians on the campus of Ohio State University and then attempted to stab as many people as possible before he was fatally shot by a campus police officer. According to preliminary reports,...

Americans Are For Smart Engagement

November 3, 2016 After a decade and a half of a non-stop war on terrorism that has gradually expanded across seven countries, are the American people beginning to turn away from the world? According to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the answer is an emphatic “no.” The group’s new survey finds that...