Kenneth M. Pollack

We Need to Begin Nation-Building in Syria Right Now
September 24, 2014

If we want to avoid the mistakes we made in Iraq.

How to Save Iraq

This is the best, or the least bad, solution to the current crisis.

Here's the Deal the U.S. and Iran Should Make Right Now
September 23, 2013

When Hassan Rouhani, the new president of Iran, speaks at the United Nations General Assembly this week, the world will hold its breath.

Are We Sliding Toward War With Iran?
January 18, 2012

The sanctions against Iran may well succeed on their own terms while producing regrettable, if unintended, consequences.

Civil Defense
May 21, 2007

IRAQ IS NOT VIETNAM, but the United States is in danger of recreating one of the most tragic elements of that earlier war. Then, we repeatedly fed new resources—manpower, money, political capital—into the war without changing our strategic approach until it was too late. The additional increments of soldiers and supplies allowed us to keep the war going but were never enough to produce the results we sought.

Mourning After
June 28, 2004

The primary cause of our current problems in Iraq is the reckless, and often foolish, manner in which this administration has waged the war and the reconstruction.