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Democratic Decline?
March 31, 2019
America in Decline?
March 22, 2019
A Pew Research report says that many Americans view the country as being in long-term decline. What implications does this have for U.S. foreign policy objectives?
The Sicilian Expedition and the Dilemma of Interventionism
March 14, 2019
The Peloponnesian War has lessons for U.S. foreign policy beyond the Thucydides Trap. Johanna Hanink reminds us that the debate over moral exceptionalism and interventionism is nothing new.
Climate Change and Competing Ethical Visions
March 7, 2019
The prevailing narrative in the fight against climate change is that we must adopt more cooperative efforts to help vulnerable populations. But what if, instead of this collective approach, countering climate change turns into a zero-sum ga…
Competing Bipartisan Consensuses?
February 19, 2019
Is there any bipartisan political consensus on U.S. foreign policy? Nikolas Gvosdev argues that voters want to see the United States involved in world affairs if it makes Americans safer, more secure, and prosperous.
The New Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy
February 5, 2019
What does the new Congress think about U.S. foreign policy? Nikolas Gvosdev looks at how the Democratcs and Republicans will approach some important questions in international relations while the president remains a divisive figure.
Rischian Transactionalism
January 21, 2019
Transactionalism in U.S. foreign policy has a new proponent: James E. Risch, incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Ethics and the Syria Withdrawal
January 3, 2019
Referencing an "Atlantic" article by Conor Fridersdorf, Nikolas Gvosdev goes over some important and overlooked ethical questions surrounding Trump's decision to withraw U.S. troops from Syria.
Warren and Haley: Post-Trump Foreign Policies?
December 10, 2018
What will U.S. foreign policy look like post-Trump? Elizabeth Warren and Nikki Haley recently offered up their first drafts of what this could look like, but both realize that there is no going back to a pre-2016 world.
Sanders' "Selective Engagement" versus Transactional Internationalism
11/01/2018
As the Trump administration moves U.S. engagement to a form of "transactional internationalism," Senator Bernie Sanders has unveiled his vision of "selective engagement." Both of these approaches challenge assumptions about U.S. foreign pol…
Empty Pews in the Church of Atlanticism
10/03/2018
Timothy Garton Ash uses the image of "empty pews" to describe a declining commitment, not only on the part of the U.S. public, but even some American foreign policy experts, to the cause of Atlanticism. Is this an accurate description of th…
The Ethics of the "Doorstep"
09/24/2018
The "doorstep test" requires policymakers to be able to articulate how, and to what degree, something happening in the world connects to the day-to-day experience, needs, and interests of the citizenry. This construct requires honesty and r…
Advising the Next Administration: Finding a New Foreign Policy Approach
09/12/2018
The Center for American Progress has released a report laying out a foreign policy approach that the next administration might consider adopting. What are some "bold new policies" that could improve U.S. engagement with the world?
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