Tom Nichols
Tom Nichols
Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. He has written widely, including five books, on international relations, Russian affairs, and nuclear weapons. In addition to his academic posts, he has been a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In Washington, he served as personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania. He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion. The views expressed here are his own. Also, he has an awesome cat named Carla. Follow him on Twitter, @RadioFreeTom.

Comparing Donald Trump To Ronald Reagan Is An Insult To Reagan

Henry Olsen’s argument that Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump are comparable as presidents is not only risible but insulting to the 40th president.

Talk About ‘Little Nukes’ Is Cover For Lacking A Foreign Policy Strategy

This is a bad idea whose time has already come and gone, and the nuclear warriors’ ideas are just as bad now as they were 15 or 20 years ago.

Nixon’s North Korea Dilemma Illuminates Why It’s So Hard To Bomb Small Countries

Long before Iraq and Iran, the United States was wrestling with the problem of how to strike North Korea, where planning for the use of nuclear weapons ran into various dead-ends.

We’re Not Out Of Time On North Korea. Here Are Our Options

A leaked Defense Intelligence Agency report says the Kim regime has made a warhead small enough to fit onto a long-range missile. Even if true, he’s got a long way to go.

It’s Not Good To See So Many Generals In The White House

The public’s eagerness to see a general impose order on the White House—with the president’s blessing, no less—represents a potentially dangerous bargain.

President Trump’s Tweets Are A Gold Mine For Foreign Intelligence

Classified information is important, but an ongoing look inside the president’s head is, in many ways, more valuable than any transitory secrets.

We Should Fear ‘Brave New World’ More Than We Do ‘1984’

George Orwell’s dystopian classic, ‘1984,’ is back in vogue—but to understand what’s happening in our world, we need less Big Brother and more Aldous Huxley.

America’s Nuclear Response Procedure Explained, Using GIFs From ‘Friends’

Here’s everything you need to know about the United States’s nuclear response procedure as explained by gifs from ‘Friends.’

May Fidel Castro’s Crimes Against Humanity Rest In His Grave

Nature has finally removed from this planet a man so odious and responsible for so much human misery that our common human experience is better for his absence.

Is America Losing ‘The Iran Wars’?

With ‘The Iran Wars,’ the Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon has produced a compelling—and alarming—book recounting America’s inept attempts to contain Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Top 10 Reasons Donald Trump Is Not Tony Soprano

This morning, New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro asked if Donald Trump was just Tony Soprano with better clothes. Nope.

Julian Assange Is A Russian Front-Man, Not A Freedom Fighter

No patriotic American should be celebrating the career of Julian Assange. His dissemination of others’ secrets has nothing to do with democracy and transparency, and everything to do with international espionage.

Stop Blaming Trump For The Disaster Obama Made Of Syria

There is only one American who must bear the moral stain of allowing Syria to become an abattoir, and that is the current president of the United States, Barack Obama.

For Lost Boys Like Micah Johnson, Any Ideology Is An Excuse To Kill

Maybe Micah Johnson, like Charleston murderer Dylann Roof and Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen, was a screwed-up weirdo who went looking for a cause to support his desire to kill.

George Will May Be Leaving The GOP, But I’m Rejoining It

The party has been taken over by a gang of thugs, and I’ll be damned if I’ll hand the Party of Lincoln over to Donald Trump and his venal goons without making a stand.

The Iran Deal Wasn’t About Nukes At All

The Obama administration decided early on that the only way to get the United States out of the Middle East was to replace it with Russia and Iran.

If I Lose Friends Over Trump, So Be It

Donald Trump’s candidacy isn’t really about politics, which is why it divides people so deeply. It’s about revenge.

How President Obama Made Syria An Unfixable Quagmire

With nearly half a million dead and U.S. proxies fighting each other, Syria represents a failure of U.S. strategy and a lack of presidential leadership.

I’ll Take Hillary Clinton Over Donald Trump

The future of the entire conservative movement is at stake, and a Hillary Clinton victory over Donald Trump might be the only hope of saving it.

How Facebook Envy Fuels Donald Trump

Never before have so many historically well-off people felt themselves so economically deprived.