American Engagement: Dialogue at Quail Ridge
A dialogue at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Florida leads to questions about the efficacy of U.S. foreign policy, gender balance in international decision-making, and the connection between national service and involvement and …
Values, Immigration, and the Saudi Alliance
The value of immigration to U.S. national security and the question of whether shared values are necessary for alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia were questions addressed in two very interesting pieces which recently appear…
The United Nations, Human Rights, and American Disengagement
A new "Foreign Policy" article says that as the United States has disengaged from the United Nations, Russia and China have moved to fill the vacuum. But they are not seeking to dismantle the liberal order--a theme discussed and debated in …
Uncertainties About America's Global Reliability
Doubts about America's reliability as a guarantor and support of the liberal international order have been increasing since the 2016 election. What impact is this having on America's closest and most critical relationships?
Free Trade After the 2016 Elections
Did the 2016 election represent a revolt of a significant segment of the U.S. electorate against a seven-decades-long U.S. policy consensus that American interests are best served by promoting free trade and crafting durable free trade pact…
American Engagement: Dialogue with the Newport Circle of Scholars
Recently, Gvosdev had the opportunity to engage in dialogue on the question of what role America ought to be playing in the world with the Newport Circle of Scholars. The discussion was centered around questions having to do with the collap…
Munich Security Conference: Mixed Messages on American Values, Engagement
The United States sent mixed signals at the 2018 Munich Security Conference. On the one hand, a bipartisan group of officials stressed continuity and legislative oversight when it comes to American foreign policy. But on the other, while no…
American Engagement: When It Comes to Foreign Policy, Does America Deserve Trump?
As the 2018 State of the Union address illustrated and to the great dismay of the "elites," President Trump is truly taking an "America First" approach to foreign policy. In this speech, he framed immigration, conflict with North Korea, and…
State of the Union: The Era of the Liberal Leviathan Is Over
Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address–and used the rostrum in the House of Representatives to again break with some of the precepts which have defined the so-called "bipartisan American foreign policy consensus,"…
Trump at Davos: Trickle-Down American Engagement
President Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to address the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2018, where he offered his audience of world leaders and major global business figures his parameters for continued American…
A New World? Changes in the Global Order
Lowell Schwartz of the Naval War College says that we are in the midst of a major shift: the prevailing assumptions of the last 25 years about the convergence of interests among the major players is giving way to the return of great power c…
America's Selective Burden Shedding?
Instead of the standard "burden sharing," Daniel Hamilton says that the U.S. under Trump is engaging in "selective burden shedding." In other words, the U.S. is re-evaluating its commitments and engagements and selectively (and perhaps unil…
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