We're Living in the World (un)Made by the Iraq War
Three New Yorker writers look at the impact of the Iraq invasion, from the rise of Trump to the collapse of public trust in experts and authority.
SOURCE: Responsible Statecraft
Aside from Bush and Cheney, Who's Most Responsible for Iraq?
Historians, journalists, and international relations scholars assess whether lesser-known figures in government, media and intelligence deserve more blame for the Iraq invasion.
SOURCE: The Nation
Biden Should Remove Cuba from List of State Sponsors of Terrorism
by Guillaume Long
After Obama removed Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, Trump reinstalled it for petty political reasons. The Biden administration should reverse the decision again.
SOURCE: The New Republic
Why George Kennan Thought He Failed His Biggest Challenge
by Patrick Iber
After urging the United States to firmly oppose the expansion of Soviet influence as a way of bringing the USSR's internal weaknesses to the forefront, Kennan grew disillusioned at the militarized tack later versions of "containment" took. A new book revisits and challenges canonical studies of the diplomatic thinker.
SOURCE: The New Republic
How is the Biden Doctrine Working after Two Years?
by Matt Duss and Stephen Wertheim
After pledging to reorient foreign policy around the global issues affecting Americans – climate, disease, and ending "forever wars" – progress toward a Biden Doctrine has been incremental.
SOURCE: New York Times
Gaddis Smith, 89: Legacy of Teaching and Modernizing at Yale
"Dr. Smith was a Yale institution. He arrived on campus as a freshman in 1950, received his doctorate from the university in 1961, and, aside from a short teaching stint at Duke, never left."
Will the Republican's Tilt Toward Isolationism End?
by Waller R. Newell
The Republican Party's fracturing between the remaining neocons and a younger group of isolationists comes at a critical moment when Russia is testing the possible limits on its expansive ambitions.
SOURCE: Foreign Policy
Ukraine Isn't Munich, Berlin, or Vietnam: The Limits and Dangers of Historical Analogies
by Christopher David LaRoche
Analogies are vital cognitive shortcuts that enable us to comprehend complexity. But their usefulness means we risk transposing biases and fallacies about the past onto how we understand the present.
SOURCE: London Review of Books
Understanding Colombia's Truth Commission Report after 60 Years of Civil Conflict
by Rachel Nolan
Colombia's armed conflict between government forces, leftist rebels, and paramilitary death squads is the world's longest continuous conflict. The nation's massive Truth Commission report undermines decades of official government narrative about the apportionment of blame for atrocities.
SOURCE: War on the Rocks
How Ideology Shapes America's View on the World
Christopher McKnight Nichols, Raymond Haberski, Jr., and Emily Conroy-Krutz join host Jeremi Suri of the University of Texas, Austin to discuss what ideology is, and explore the ways in which it has shaped, and continues to shape, America’s role in the world.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Sending Dictators to a Luxury Retirement? More Practical Than You Think
by Brian Klaas
From a realistic point of view, approaching dictators in crisis with an offer of a safe and luxurious retirement is the best way to spare their countries the violence and economic pillaging that accompany the bitter end of an autocratic regime.
SOURCE: The New Republic
Walter Russell Mead: Non-Jewish Interest Groups, not "Israel Lobby" Drive Hawkish US Mideast Policy
Rejecting the idea of a Jewish-led "Israel Lobby" Mead emphasizes the historical influence of American Christian zionists and militarists in tilting America's mideast policy toward the goals of the Israeli right.
SOURCE: Quincy Institute
Post-Cold War Interventions show Military Restraint is the Key to Protecting Human Rights
by Aslı Bâli
America's foreign policy establishment must "right-size" its expectations about the ability of US military power to secure desired outcomes, and prepare to embrace non-coercive approaches to human rights crises that will be precipitated by climate change and food crises.
Is Biden Prepared to Adopt a Truly Progressive Foreign Policy?
by Leon Fink
Protecting the so-called Liberal World Order these days puts great emphasis on preserving “order” but very little on what “liberal” can or should mean. The administration risks fumbling an opportunity to connect with new foreign leadership on labor, environment, immigration, and other issues beyond security and the drug war.
The Rising "Pink Tide" in Latin America Shows the Need for US Policy to Adapt
by Aileen T. Teague
Colombia has historically been a conservative firewall in Latin America, anchoring American policy on the hemispheric drug war and development policy. The election of that nation's first leftist leader, along with the rise of Chinese influence, signals the need for American policy to change.
Why I Can't Wave a Ukrainian Flag – A Dissenting Teach-In on Russia's Invasion
by Daniel Herman
"If Americans who fly Ukrainian flags actually want to help Ukrainians, they would be well advised to support diplomatic negotiations rather than limitless flows of weaponry."
SOURCE: Foreign Affairs
The Ukraine Temptation – Can Biden Resist a New Cold War?
by Stephen Wertheim
A bid to restore global military primacy is no more merited today than it was before the invasion.
SOURCE: The Conversation
In Ukraine, the US Likely to Follow Kissinger's Example and Disappoint Idealists
by Jeffrey Fields
"From tacit support of the murderous dictator Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War to Washington’s close relationship with brutal human rights abuser Saudi Arabia, the U.S. frequently chooses to put its own interest ahead of its professed values."
SOURCE: Jewish Currents
Stephen Wertheim on Danger of Escalating a Cold War with Russia
by David Klion
"This is a tragedy, and Vladimir Putin is mainly responsible for it, but the world that will emerge from this war in Ukraine will be poorer, more divided, and more heavily armed."
Can Joe Biden Resist War Pressure and Lead Toward Peace?
by Martin Halpern
It will take political courage and wisdom for Biden to resist a policy course toward war by diplomatic engagement with Russia.
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