Eugenio Lilli

Academic and Commentator


The United States

13th Annual Conference, BISA US Foreign Policy Research Group

The other day I was at the 13th annual conference of the BISA US foreign policy working group. A great annual event, this time hosted by colleague and friend Matthew Hill at Liverpool John Moores University. Along with listening to... Continue Reading →


Debating US Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf: What is the Way Forward?

My latest article published in the academic journal RBPI (Revista Brasileira de Politica Internacional). Abstract: Should the US strategy toward the Persian Gulf be one of offshore balancing or one of deep engagement? The debate on US grand strategy lacks... Continue Reading →

Ben Rhodes, the Iran Deal, and News Spinning in the 21st Century

The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru by David Samuels. In this article in The New York Times, Samuels provides an insider’s view on the person of Ben Rhodes. Rhodes is deputy national security adviser for strategic communications to... Continue Reading →

My Book is Finally Out

Check my new book out New Beginning in US-Muslim Relations: President Obama and the Arab Awakening at Palgrave Macmillan official website. Short description: This book carries out a comparative study of the US response to popular uprisings in the Middle... Continue Reading →

Bin Laden’s Bookshelf

On 1st May 2011, US Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing the Al Qaeda's leader in the process. As a result of the Abbottabad raid, the United States recovered large quantities of digital and hard... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Power and Global Finance

In this documentary "Century of Enslavement: The History of the Federal Reserve"(2014), author James Corbett provides an extremely stimulating picture of the history and influence of the US Federal Reserve and of the larger relationship between Power and Global Finance.... Continue Reading →

If the United States were truly serious about terrorism…

Stephen Walt in the columns of Foreign Policy Magazine has written a piece titled The Unbearable Lightness of America's War against The Islamic State. Although I have reservations about some of the arguments put forward by Walt, I find his... Continue Reading →

The Drone Papers

The Drone Papers is a collection of articles recently released by The Intercept. The stated goal of the series is to offer "a long-overdue public examination of the methods and outcomes of America’s assassination program." Regardless of one's view on... Continue Reading →

Arms Races in the Greater Middle East

Some theorists of arms race argue that domestic interests (the often recalled military-industrial complex) play a primary role in pushing countries to buy more and more advanced weapons. In this article in The New York Times, the authors seemed to... Continue Reading →

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