“Those ages which in retrospect seem most peaceful were least in search of peace. Those whose quest for it seems unending appear least able to achieve tranquility.”

– Henry A. Kissinger, A World Restored, 1957

Our mission

To provide informed advice and commentary on current national security and foreign policy issues to Hill staffers, legislators and administration officials.

Defense Advisers serves to:

foster policy-relevant debate and analysis through offering both original content and selected commentary / research published elsewhere; and

inform public discussion on the range of (sometimes imperfect) choices and trade-offs faced by policymakers, legislators and senior military commanders in the areas of diplomacy, foreign policy and national security.

We invite scholars, policymakers and informed citizens to share their views and experiences in the areas of defense policy and international relations. Please send us your contributions, and if they meet our standards of rigor, logic and analysis that contributes to or enhances public policy-making, we will be delighted to publish and share them more widely.

Additionally, we greatly welcome policymakers, scholars and commentators from around the world to share their national or regional perspectives on pressing international security issues, with concrete and realistic policy recommendations on how to ameliorate or resolve them, either through military force or diplomacy.

So, if you are a former Bush or Obama White House adviser, a French defense contractor, a Putin surrogate, an Abu Dhabi defense official, an Iranian journalist, an Indian foreign ministry expert or Kim Jong-un’s rocket scientist and you have something interesting or original to say about nuclear weapons and foreign policy, the balance of power in Europe, Turkey’s geopolitical dilemmas, the Arab-Iranian proxy wars, the North Korean problem or China’s geostrategic expansionism in the western Pacific, we would definitely like to hear from you.

If Kissinger’s scholarly observation on 19th century European diplomacy quoted above is true – that a quixotic and an unending search for “peace” only begets war and destruction – so is his later reflection, as national security adviser and secretary of state to Presidents Nixon and Ford, that “The convictions that leaders have formed before reaching high office are the intellectual capital they will consume as long as they continue in office.” With this insight in mind, Defense Advisers hope to provide the fresh “intellectual capital” for contemporary policymakers and public-at-large to draw upon.

Pravin R. Jethwa
Executive Editor