foreign policy

  • Beware the Imperative in Foreign Policymaking

    by Michael J. Mazarr

    When foreign policy decisions are presented as imperative – that some action must be taken –  consideration for the consequences is often neglected. 

  • The Long History of American Isolationism

    by Lindsay Chervinsky

    Since the days of George Washington, the imperatives of American economic development and hegemony over the western hemisphere, and the desire to avoid European wars, have been in tension. 

  • John Mearsheimer and the Dark Origins of Realism

    by Adam Tooze

    The vitriol aimed at Mearsheimer's diagnosis of the Russia-Ukraine conflict transcends academic debate and points to the liberal west's frustration at how little it can actually influence Russia. It's a missed opportunity to reflect on the roots and influence of his realist philosophy.

  • Ukraine's Wakeup Call: A Global Age is Here

    by Karen J. Greenberg

    Whether it's cyberwarfare or energy prices, the impacts of the invasion of Ukraine on Americans will be significant, and national leaders need to respond in ways that recognize global interconnections. 

  • A Purgatorial Message from JFK to Joe Biden

    by Andrew Bacevich

    "I urge you to think carefully before making the leap into such an unmourned past.  Whatever your political advisers may imagine, displays of presidential toughness aren’t what our nation needs right now."

  • Sanctions are an Economic Weapon. Targeting Matters

    by Nicholas Mulder

    The Biden approach shows a reframing of economic sanctions from being a deterrent to being a non-military weapon of war. This has happened before, and history shows that sanctions against an aggressor nation can be expected to fail unless they are paired with aid to Ukraine.

  • Honduran President Was Washington's Man, Until He Wasn't

    Propped up in large part as a bulwark against a leftist political insurgency, Juan Orlando Hernandez's usefulness to American interests has apparently diminished sufficiently for his indictment on drug trafficking charges to proceed. 

  • Ukraine Shows Limits of US Power

    Historians and diplomats including Stephen Wertheim and Joseph Nye offer insight on the limits of what American power can achieve toward stopping Russian aggression in Ukraine. 

  • Who's Afraid of Isolationism?

    by Stephen Wertheim

    It's past time for "isolationism" to stop being a dirty word in discussing America's relationship to the world. The use of the term as a pejorative has justified too many ill-considered military interventions.

  • A Mournful Legacy: Ukraine and the Recovery of Moral Realism

    by Andrew Bacevich

    Joe Biden should revisit David Halberstam's classic "The Best and the Brightest" to remember what happens when people mistake their own ideological preferences for savvy and realistic pragmatism as he contemplates intervention in Ukraine.