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
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
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"
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
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?
Ethics, Russia, and Syria
August 13, 2018
How can Moscow can support a dictator who has used chemical weapons in his desperate attempts to retain power at all costs? And what does it say about American foreign policy when Washington won't mount the effort needed to remove him?
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