Articles by Amitai Etzioni

The Road to Damascus

Some American officials are smitten with Syria, thinking it could help us realign the Middle East. But a closer relationship with Bashar Assad will not weaken the mullahs in Tehran.

Kabul Goes Tribal

The best way to solve insurgency issues in Afghanistan is to adopt policies that succeeded in Iraq—work with local tribal leaders instead of nation building.

Obama vs. Osama

The brouhaha over ex–Obama advisor Samantha Power raises another issue: should suspected terrorists be treated as garden-variety criminals or something else altogether?

State of Confusion

President Bush has adopted one strategy for dealing with Libya and North Korea, but he outlined a different one toward Iran in his State of the Union address on Monday. It’s time for some coherence in American foreign policy.

Finding the Exit

Working with local tribes in Iraq and Afghanistan has yielded encouraging results so far. Continuing this approach holds the greatest promise for stabilizing those two countries and reducing the role of U.S. troops.

Security First Forum: Plan B for Iran

Is now the time to abandon hopes of regime change and negotiate with Tehran on issues like its nuclear program and a possible security guarantee? Amitai Etzioni fires the opening salvo in a new debate on Iran policy.

Plan Z for Iraq

A community-based security approach for the land of the two rivers.

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