For the last five years, the post-Cold War bipartisan consensus in U.S. foreign policy—that the sustained deployment of U.S. power around the world is indispensable for maintaining the international system—has been called into question. There are now a series of competing narratives providing very different rationales for the degree and scope of U.S. engagement being advanced by different groups on the U.S. domestic political spectrum—each resting on a different understanding of what constitutes ethics in international affairs.

In this context, Carnegie Council's U.S Global Engagement program (USGE) seeks to:

  1. Reshape wider discussions on American foreign policy to seriously address the causes and consequences of U.S. disengagement and re-engagement;
  2. Move ethical considerations to the center of policymakers' thinking about international relations, including the emergence of new ethical perspectives based on environmentalism, a focus on greater inclusivity, and the emergence of new technologies;
  3. Probe the ethical considerations in a world increasingly defined by geopolitical and ideological competition among major powers; and
  4. Inform democratic citizens' understanding of international affairs, global engagement, and U.S. foreign policymaking.

USGE gratefully acknowledges the support for its work from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The USGE program has recently started The Doorstep podcast, co-hosted by Tatiana Serafin and Nikolas Gvosdev. 

The Doorstep is an innovative international news podcast that invites listeners to recognize that all global news is local in a borderless internet. Each week, Serafin and Gvosdev will tackle new topics and regions discussing why they matter to a rising young electorate changing the shape of the United States today.

Listeners are encouraged to send questions in via Twitter, to @TatianaSerafin or @CarnegieCouncil, or via

Doorstep podcasts

June 18, 20201: Cryptocurrencies & Global Decentralization, with NYU Stern's David Yermack

June 4, 2021: Press Freedom & Foreign Policy Panel, with Stephen J. Adler & Carlos Martínez de la Serna

May 21, 2021: Analyzing Biden's New Approach to Sanctions, with CNAS's Rachel Ziemba

May 7, 2021: What Does Biden's "Omnipolicy" Mean for the U.S.? with Politico's Nahal Toosi

April 23, 2021: Sustainability vs. Food Security in Our Oceans, with Duke University's Martin Smith

April 9, 2021: The New Space Race with The Washington Post's Christian Davenport

March 12, 2021: Climate Statecraft & the Race to Net Zero, with Dr. Carolyn Kissane

February 26, 2021: Generational Change in Government, with YPFP's Aubrey Cox Ottenstein

February 12, 2021: Can the U.S. Regain the World's Trust? with Eurasia Group's Ali Wyne

January 29, 2021: TikTok & the Normalization of Protests Around the World, with Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree

January 15, 2021: Reviving Democracy & Re-establishing Alliances, with the Atlantic Council's Ash Jain

January 8, 2021: Capitol Chaos, Power Vacuums, & a Global Reckoning

December 18, 2020: Connecting U.S. Foreign & Domestic Policy in 2021, with Judah Grunstein

December 4, 2020: Opportunities for a New U.S. Policy Toward African Nations, with Ambassador Charles A. Ray

November 20, 2020: The U.S. & Latin America under Joe Biden with the Wilson Center's Cynthia Arnson

November 5, 2020: The World Waits for the Next U.S. President, with Professor Tom Nichols

October 23, 2020: America in the Middle East & the "Caliphate" Controversy, with NYU's Mohamad Bazzi

October 9, 2020: Spy Games & Trump's Health, Pence vs. Harris, & Europe's Refugee Crisis, with Politico's Nahal Toosi

September 25, 2020: Financial Scandals, Trump vs. Biden, & What To Do About China


October 15, 2020: The Democratic Community: A Path for U.S. Engagement? with Ash Jain

September 29, 2020: Great Power Competition: What Role Does It Play in the 2020 Presidential Race? with Ali Wyne

September 17, 2020: What is Asia to the U.S.? Connecting the Pacific Region to the American Doorstep, with Christopher Hill

July 27, 2020: Human Security is National Security in a Time of Pandemic, with Derek Reveron

May 29, 2020: Vox Populi: What Americans Think About Foreign Policy, with Dina Smeltz & Mark Hannah

April 17, 2020: Fractured Globalization & Dissolving Ethics, with Nikolas Gvosdev