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Joshua Foust


Joshua Foust is an analyst who writes about international security and intelligence issues. He is a contributor to The Atlantic, and has written for the New York Times, Salon, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review and the Columbia Journalism Review. His website is


Defining victory in Afghanistan

The real challenge in Afghanistan is that the American effort has focused almost exclusively on the military, while the Taliban has focused on politics. As a consequence, the Taliban is winning the war for hearts and minds, writes Joshua Foust.


Herman Cain thinks Uzbekistan doesn’t matter. He’s wrong.

Herman Cain recently dismissed Uzbekistan as a country Americans shouldn’t care about. Joshua Foust explains why he’s wrong.


Are private contractors undermining the intelligence community?

For Joshua Foust, the biggest problem facing the intelligence community is not that some contractors abuse the system, but rather that the government has designed a system that encourages abuse.


Second GOP debate exposes foreign-policy divide

Until the Republicans can figure out a unified message for foreign policy, we can expect continued confusion and inconsistency from the debates, writes Joshua Foust.


Why sovereignty matters

Touting Libya as a triumph of interventionism before there is even a replacement government in place is the height of hubris and myopia, argues Joshua Foust.


The tyranny of happiness

For Joshua Foust, many of this country’s recent foreign policy missteps have been the result of far too much “positive thinking,” and far too little skepticism.


Resetting the ‘Russian reset’

There is a growing movement to resurrect Russia as America’s biggest rival. But painting Russia only as the enemy misrepresents what it really is, writes Joshua Foust — a large, complex and ascendant power seeking to flex its muscles.


Lessons from this weekend’s Afghan helicopter crash

For Joshua Foust, the real scandal in Afghanistan isn’t that Americans are getting killed — it’s that we don’t know why we’re there in the first place.


Budget cuts by hatchet or scalpel?

With cuts looming for defense and security budgets, Joshua Foust argues that we first need to have a larger discussion about long-term U.S. foreign policy priorities and objectives.