• A Russian Take on the Kurds and U.S. Foreign Policy
    10/18/2019
    A Russian defense news site declared the United States an "unreliable ally" after the the withdrawal of American troops from Northern Syria. Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev connects this characterization to the need for leaders to connect a specific policy action to a larger, understandable narrative for the American public.
    10/18/19Publications
  • Need for a New Consensus
    09/20/2019
    Foreign policy experts are having diffuclty linking the negative implications of a shift towards trasactionalism for U.S. foreign aid to voters. This begs the question: Should there be a clear quid pro quo for U.S. assistance?
    09/20/19Publications
  • The Narrative IS Changing . . .
    09/17/2019
    The narrative about America's role in the world is changing--and more evidence is accumulating that suggests that no matter how the 2020 presidential and congressional elections turn out, there is no turning the clock back to a pre-2016 status quo.
    09/17/19Publications
  • Beyond Trump
    08/20/2019
    Some countries are now coming to the same conclusions reached by the U.S. Global Engagement program: the 2016 election was not a "blip," but represents a break with the past. "In other words, no foreign government should bank on getting a better shake post-Trump."
    08/20/19Publications
  • What Americans Want
    05/08/2019
    The Center for American Progress has released their exhaustive survey of what Americans want in foreign policy and their results track closely with the conclusions reached by the U.S. Global Engagement study group. What remains to be seen, however, is whether the broad parameters of what Americans want in foreign policy will be taken up by any of the 2020 presidential candidates.
    05/08/19Publications
  • All Options Are on the Table: Threats and Coercive Diplomacy in Foreign Affairs
    10/02/2018
    Are there ever justifiable reasons for issuing threats to achieve foreign policy objectives? In particular, are President Trump's threats against Iran justified? Don't miss this rare opportunity to get the Iranian perspective with this stimulating discussion between Drs. Reichberg and Syse of the Peace Research Insitute Oslo (PRIO) and H.E. Gholamali Khoshroo, permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations.
    10/02/18MultimediaAll Audio, Video, Transcripts
  • Making Foreign Policy Relevant Again, with Asha Castleberry & Ali Wyne
    09/25/2018
    Has a gap opened up between the U.S. national security community and the general public over foreign policy? If so, why? How can we close it? Moderated by Nikolas Gvosdev, this panel with foreign policy experts Asha Castleberry and Ali Wyne is part of a larger effort by Carnegie Council's U.S. Global Engagement Program to examine drivers in U.S. politics pushing the United States to disengage from international affairs.
    09/25/18MultimediaAll Audio, Video, Transcripts
  • Ethics & International Affairs Volume 32.3 (Fall 2018)
    09/05/2018
    The centerpiece of this issue is a roundtable guest-edited by James Pattison on the ethics of overlooked alternatives to war, with contributions from Alex J. Bellamy, Corneliu Bjola, Cécile Fabre, Michael L. Gross, and James Pattison. Additionally, the issue contains an essay by Ian Hurd on the empire of international legalism; a feature by Alejandra Mancilla evaluating the moral force of territorial claims in Antarctica; a review essay by George DeMartino on sensible globalization in an illiberal era; and book reviews by Eleanor Gordon, Marcus Carlsen Häggrot, Shadi Mokhtari, and Serena Parekh.
    09/05/18Publications
  • Just Out: "Ethics & International Affairs" Fall 2018 Issue
    09/05/2018
    The centerpiece of this issue is a roundtable guest-edited by James Pattison on the ethics of overlooked alternatives to war, with contributions from Alex J. Bellamy, Corneliu Bjola, Cécile Fabre, Michael L. Gross, and James Pattison. Additionally, the issue contains an essay by Ian Hurd on the empire of international legalism; a feature by Alejandra Mancilla evaluating the moral force of territorial claims in Antarctica; a review essay by George DeMartino on sensible globalization in an illiberal era; and book reviews by Eleanor Gordon, Marcus Carlsen Häggrot, Shadi Mokhtari, and Serena Parekh.
    09/05/18NewsPress Releases
  • Cambridge University Press Offers Free Access to Eight Most-Cited "Ethics & International Affairs" Articles
    08/28/2018
    Free access until the end of October to eight most-cited "Ethics & International Affairs" journal articles from 2017, compliments of Cambridge University Press. Topics include statelessness, refugees, human rights, R2P, Just War, and climate geoengineering.
    08/28/18NewsPress Releases
  • Inexorable Changes in U.S. Foreign Policy?
    08/16/2018
    Is Trump's presidency a brief aberration after which things will return to normal? That's unlikely, argues Nikolas Gvosdev. In addition to disruptions that have already caused major changes in the international system, ongoing technological, demographic, economic, and military trends are also changing how U.S. foreign policy is understood.
    08/16/18Publications
  • Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, with Amy Chua
    03/07/2018
    "The United States today is starting to display destructive political dynamics much more typically associated with developing countries: ethno-nationalist movements, the erosion of trust in our institutions and electoral outcomes, and above all, the transformation of democracy into an engine of zero-sum political tribalism."
    03/07/18MultimediaAll Audio, Video, Transcripts
  • Dangerous Delegation: Military Intervention & the U.S. Public, with Kori Schake
    02/21/2018
    Are Americans too deferential to the armed forces, becoming increasingly willing to "outsource" judgement to the military? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev talks with Dr. Kori Schake of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, co-author with James Mattis of "Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military."
    02/21/18MultimediaAll Audio, Video, Transcripts
  • A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
    03/03/2017
    Concerned about where the world is heading? Don't miss this measured and comprehensive overview from Richard Haas, in which he lays out the global situation facing President Trump and what may lie ahead. Topics include the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Russia, NATO, the UN, and the main factor behind job losses.
    03/03/17MultimediaAll Audio, Video, Transcripts
  • Honoring Those who Served:
    Veterans Day 2016

    11/10/2016
    For this Veterans Day, we present a collection of resources recognizing the tireless and often thankless work of the U.S. military. There are legitimate arguments about ethics and policies when it comes to war, but nobody can deny the commitment and patriotism of the men and women who serve and the debt that is owed to them when their service is over.
    11/10/16PublicationsResource Picks
  • Asha Castleberry on the 2016 Election and the Fight Against ISIS
    08/25/2016
    U.S. Army veteran Asha Castleberry discusses veterans' reactions to the 2016 presidential campaign, and also the ongoing U.S. anti-ISIS military campaign, which is preparing to liberate Mosul in Iraq. "This is definitely a big push from the Obama administration before President Obama leaves office--he wants to liberate Mosul."
    08/25/16MultimediaAll Audio, Video, Transcripts
  • The Progressive's Paradox
    06/15/2016
    Can left-wing ideologies ever co-exist comfortably with military intervention? U.S. foreign policy over the past two decades has failed to align squarely with the two major domestic political parties—is the liberal/conservative distinction here a myth?
    06/15/16Publications
  • Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism
    03/28/2016
    ISIS consists of three interlocked threats and is quite different from al-Qaeda, says counterterrorism authority David Kilcullen. To come up with a workable strategy going forward, we have to understand exactly what went wrong in the years since 9/11 and admit that everyone bears part of the blame, from "reckless" Bush to "feckless" Obama.
    03/28/16MultimediaAll Audio, Video, Transcripts
  • Defining Down Sovereignty: The Rights and Responsibilities of Nations
    03/14/2016
    The international community should spell out the kinds of failures to protect civilians that can justify armed interventions by other states, and should establish a responsibility to prevent international terrorism.
    03/14/16PublicationsTable of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 30.1 (Spring 2016)Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 30.1 (Spring 2016)
  • What Went Wrong in the Arab Spring?
    02/15/2016
    In the early days of the Arab Spring, non-violent civil resistance helped topple authoritarian governments in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen. Yet these apparent triumphs were followed by disasters. What went wrong? Was the problem rooted in the popular movements themselves, or in their societies? And what's the best way forward now?
    02/15/16MultimediaAll Audio, Video, Transcripts

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