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foreign policy



  • Would Biden or Trump End America's Forever Wars?

    Stephen Wertheim questions whether politicians will heed the overwhelming public desire to scale back military intervention and get the Pentagon's spending under control. 



  • The Endless Fantasy of American Power

    by Andrew Bacevich

    Neither Trump nor Biden seems prepared to do the necessary work of moving military power and force from the center of American foreign policy. The consequence will be further endless war at the expense of the global-scale policies needed to confront the most urgent threats.



  • The Terrible Cost of Presidential Racism

    by Gary Bass

    The emotional displays of prejudice revealed by newly uncensored White House tapes involving Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger help to explain a foreign policy debacle. 



  • Regrets? Even Brent Scowcroft Had a Few

    In an oral history released after his death, the former national security adviser revealed a few key moments in which his ideas failed in the war against Saddam Hussein.    



  • A History of Inconvenient Allies and Convenient Enemies

    by Alexander Aviña

    The history of American alliances abroad doesn't make sense as a drug control strategy, but is consistent with a strategy of invoking the war on drugs to punish governments that resist U.S. domination.


  • How Will History Judge Trump’s Foreign Policy?

    by Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    Our 46th president, whenever he or she arrives, will confront a changed world, partly because of COVID, but also because of the effects of Trump’s personality and policies.


  • What the "Primacy" Debate in Foreign Policy Gets Wrong

    by Ken Weisbrode

    Yes, let’s end “endless wars” and enhance peaceable diplomacy around the world. But let us not at the same time renounce by redefinition America’s international responsibilities and its capacity for wise, moral leadership.



  • Sanctions Are Inhumane—Now, and Always

    by Aslı U. Bâli, Aziz Rana

    In a world imperiled by global pandemic, it is long past time to put an end to sanctions—including new ones against Iran—and to reconstruct U.S. foreign policy around international solidarity.