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Michael Purzycki

Staff Writer

Michael has worked as an analyst in the Pentagon and at Bloomberg LP. His primary interests are U.S. defense policy, the Middle East, and energy policy. He has been published in the Washington Monthly, the Truman National Security Project, and France 24.

There’s Still Hope for Poland

Liberal democracy does not defend itself. It relies on people who value it to keep it alive. Poland deserves close attention; if democratization can be undone in the land of Solidarity, where is it safe?

Why the West Must Remain Engaged in Bosnia

Twenty-five years after its devastating war, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains deeply divided by religion and ethnicity. Young Bosnians, however, are more likely to cross divides. Membership in NATO and the European Union would buttress their efforts.

A Liberal Defense of Nationalism

Identification with one’s nation has often been a liberating force. It is vital to distinguish between those forms of nationalism that are compatible with liberal values, and those that are not.

Recommitting to NATO, Resisting Putin’s Aggression

Questioning assumptions about war, and remaining committed to NATO, prepared the United States to stare down a Russian march toward Kyiv.

Oil and Stability: Good Enough to Keep the US in the Gulf?

For decades, the safe transportation of oil from the Persian Gulf has been a major security concern for the United States. But there are reasons for the U.S. to reevaluate whether it truly needs to invest military resources in protecting it.

The Case for a U.S. Foreign Legion

Eighteen years of war have strongly burdened the U.S. military. But climate change, refugee flows, and other destabilizing events will continue to heighten the risk of conflicts, at least some of which will require outside intervention to halt. The United States is still the only country with the capacity to intervene in conflicts around the globe, if it so chooses. Recruiting soldiers from around the world into a foreign legion, and granting U.S. citizenship to the legion’s veterans, as France does, can increase the U.S. willingness to use force abroad. It can also strengthen the link between citizenship and service in society, something Americans are already pondering given recent deportations of veterans.

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Living With a Nuclear-Armed Iran

Since becoming president, Donald Trump has sought to undo the Obama Administration’s policies towards Iran, especially regarding the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. He has withdrawn the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and staffed the upper ranks of his administration with hawks, like Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, who have long seen…

Climate Change: A Threat to American and International Security

Americans worried about climate change have had many reasons to criticize President Trump. He has withdrawn the United States from the Paris climate accord. His pick for director of the Environmental Protection Agency has refused to even acknowledge that carbon dioxide emissions are warming the planet. And he has promised to revive the American coal…

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