Christopher Coker, author of the new book, The Improbable War: China, The United States and Logic of Great Power Conflict, discusses the parallels between the turn of the 20th century and U.S. relations with China today.

U.S. Army officer Douglas Pryer reviews Kenneth Englade’s new book, Meltdown in Haditha, and discusses the lessons still to be learned from a terrible tragedy.

Given the parlous state of Iran’s economy and its need of sanctions relief, Daniel Lakin argues that negotiators should lean more on their Iranian counterparts who may be sufficiently worried by recent developments to make a more concessions.

Carolyn Schapper on how the creation of an open source intelligence fusion center would benefit the U.S. defense, intelligence, and foreign policy communities as well as non-governmental organizations by sparing costly and time-consuming duplication of effort.

Arnold Isaacs reviews The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Michael Putzel's The Price They Paid, two stories of the Vietnam War from two different sides, both retelling the personal costs each had to pay.

Chris Miller on some simple, clear, and flexible rules and tools for modern leaders, military or civil.

Dan Kaszeta on the threat posed to national and global health security by fake drugs and criminals making quick cash off human suffering.

British defense and political analyst Peter Storey on the role defense and foreign policy played in last week's UK general election, namely the elephant that wasn't even in the room.

It turns out those photo-ops of NFL players posing with U.S. troops during football games are faked. The Defense Department has been paying NFL teams for these gestures of supporting the troops.

Is Afghanistan turning a corner? Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute believes it may be.

Mideast analyst Roberto Iannuzzi predicts that King Salman's latest reshuffle, together with the launch of airstrikes against Yemen, may backfire for Saudi Arabia.

Preventive Medicine researcher Captain (Ret.) James Need on how improving medical intelligence and Force Health Protection saves costs and keeps troops in the fight.

Josh Cohen on why viewing Iran as an irrational actor bent on martyrdom skews intelligence analysts' understanding of Tehran's behavior and motivations.

Iraq War veteran Carolyn Schapper on the fight to control the Bayji oilfields and what it means for the war against ISIS, for Iraq, and the people of Bayji.

America pivots to Asia, conspiracy in Texas, confrontation off Yemen, and "Our Girls" finally coming back in Nigeria were all part of the week in war for 27 April to 1 May 2015.

Peter Storey on the latest battle for Tikrit between ISIS and Iraqi government forces and the changing nature of modern urban warfare.

It is a welcome sign that the rebels are making advances in Syria's north. But the U.S., together with its Arab allies, should do more to prevent such gains from being reversed, argues Lionel Beehner.

Seapower Professor John Kuehn on how the "special relationship" between Britain and America may mean U.S. Marine Corps F-35s flying from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier.