Many dictators have sought nuclear weapons; some succeeded, some came close, others failed spectacularly. A careful examination of two such regimes illuminates why. Today, many dictatorships are becoming personalist, in which leaders dominate decision-making at the expense of formal state institutions.
Jeff Decker knows what war can do to a person. He lived it for four deployments, as an Army special operations squad leader in Iraq and Afghanistan who twice earned the Army Commendation Medal for valorous conduct in combat.
The consequences of state collapse anywhere in the world can be devastating and destabilizing for neighboring and even distant countries.The complexity of each situation demands a tailored response, according to Stanford scholars embarking on a new American Academy Arts & Sciences project to identify the best policy responses to failing states embroiled in civil wars.
Former secretary of defense William J. Perry, FSI senior fellow and CISAC faculty member, writes in the New York Times that our inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBM) program is an oversized burden on our resources. Read the full op-ed here.