Michael O’Hanlon is director of research for foreign policy at Brookings. His most recent book is Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy He is the coauthor of Toughing It Out in Afghanistan.

Unless we take specific steps, America is more vulnerable than it needs to be to frequent small-scale bombings. Michael O’Hanlon, a Brookings expert on terrorism, offers some suggestions.

Now that the U.N. Security Council has authorized military action in Libya, will a no-fly zone be enough? And how would a no-drive zone or arming the rebels work? The Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon on the logistics—and whether the U.S. will take the lead.

During the confirmation hearing for Gen. Petraeus, the thing to listen for was a date. Michael O’Hanlon on why President Obama agrees with Senator McCain on Afghanistan.

Abdullah Abdullah has dropped his bid for the Afghan presidency. By conceding, he makes himself a martyr—and damages the nation’s democracy. Michael O’Hanlon on what happens next.

Sure, there are parallels, says the Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon, but Afghanistan’s history of war makes the Afghan people realistic in their expectations about the future—and grateful for even modest progress.