Rosa Brooks

The Problem With Confidence Men

How Katty Kay and Claire Shipman get it wrong on women and overconfidence.

If you happen to be a world leader, and you happen to attend one of those world leader powwows to which the rest of us usually aren't invited (the opening festivities of the U.N. General Assembly session, for instance), and you happen to look around at your fellow world leaders, you might also happen to notice that most of your fellow world leaders are fellows.

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Winthrop's Warning

How politicians and pundits misread “city on a hill” and butcher the real meaning of American exceptionalism.

"For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us."

- John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity, 1630

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Slack? Nap? Snooze?

A follow-up to my Recline manifesto.

It's hard to know where to go after last week's column, in which I urged everyone to stop leaning in and recline. What could possibly follow "Recline"? "Nap"? "Snooze"?

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Recline!

Why "leaning in" is killing us.

I had an epiphany the other day. I was in the middle of marking up a memo on U.S. drone policy while simultaneously ordering a custom-decorated cake for my daughter's sixth grade musical cast party and planning my remarks for a roundtable on women in national security.

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Warning: Winter Metaphor Alert!

How a foot of snow explains everything that's wrong with Washington, D.C. … and the world.

I was going to write this week about civil-military relations, but when I emailed my editor to let him know, he had something else in mind: "Sounds good," he responded politely. "But I was hoping you would write about the snow."

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