Stephen R. Weiss­man, for­mer staff direc­tor of the House Sub­com­mit­tee on Africa, is the author of two books on U.S. for­eign pol­i­cy, includ­ing A Cul­ture of Def­er­ence: Con­gress’s Fail­ure of Lead­er­ship in For­eign Pol­i­cy. His recent arti­cles on U.S. poli­cies towards Afghanistan, Libya, Syr­ia, Con­go and South Africa have appeared in For­eign Affairs, Pres­i­den­tial Stud­ies Quar­ter­ly, Intel­li­gence and Nation­al Secu­ri­ty, Politi­co, Roll Call, The Hill and in For­eign Pol­i­cy in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Secu­ri­ty, Diplo­ma­cy and Trade, eds. Adek­eye Ade­ba­jo and Kudrat Virk.
Bombs Aren’t the Answer: A Case for Vigorous Diplomacy in Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen
The latest escalation in Syria underlines the need for political, not military, solutions.
None of the Democratic Candidates Have Gotten Syria Right: Why They Should Be Talking Peace, Not War
Obama has finally taken a tentative path toward a viable solution--but may waffle without support
Lessons from Tonkin and Libya: We Need a President Who Won’t Trick Us Into War
Deception about Libya--and possibly Syria as well--descends from Vietnam-era policies. Both major parties are guilty. Where do the 2016 candidates stand?
We Don’t Have to Bomb Syria
Believe it or not, there are other options for dealing with the current crisis.
5 Wise Ideas for Syria
Don't listen to the hawks: A non-military solution is possible.
In Syria, Unlearned Lessons from Libya
Why does the U.S. believe that only violent overthrow will work?
Our Follower in Chief?
Why President Obama’s strange detachment from Afghanistan policymaking is a big problem.
The Presidents’ War(s)
Once again, Congress abdicates to the president on an unwinnable war.