Nikolas Gvosdev

Nikolas Gvosdev is a professor of national security studies at the U.S. Naval War College, and serves as Senior Fellow, U.S. Global Engagement Program.

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Warren and Haley: Post-Trump Foreign Policies?

| December 2018

One of the conclusions of the recently released report Misconnecting with the U.S. Public: Narrative Collapse and U.S. Foreign Policy is the need for U.S. political figures, particularly thinking toward a post-Trump administration, to develop a narrative which acknowledges the recent mistakes that have led to skepticism on the part of the U.S. public towards […]

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Kerch and San Ysidro

| November 2018

The events in the Kerch Straits, which connect the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, and on the U.S.-Mexico border at the San Ysidro crossing, have several things in common despite occurring in different parts of the world and reflecting different sorts of crises (one, an armed clash between Ukrainian and Russian naval vessels, […]

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Sanders’ “Selective Engagement” versus Transactional Internationalism

| October 2018

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders each offer a different alternative to the traditional “bipartisan consensus” in U.S. foreign policy.

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The Ethics of the “Doorstep”

| September 2018

Asha Castleberry raised a great point in her discussion with Ali Wyne (the panel on “Making Foreign Policy Relevant Again“) at the Carnegie Council: connecting the broad swath of national security matters to the “doorstep” (a formulation that participant Simran Maker amplified) of the American voter. In other words, the “doorstep test” requires the policymaker […]

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Advising the Next Administration: Finding a New Foreign Policy Approach

| September 2018

The Center for American Progress has released a report laying out a foreign policy approach that the next administration might consider adopting. Securing a Democratic World: The Case for a Democratic Values-Based U.S. Foreign Policy takes as its starting point the important recognition that one cannot simply turn the clock backwards and ignore the reality […]

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Ethics, Russia and Syria

| August 2018

Can Russia’s amoral approach to Syria lead to a stable outcome?

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The Vision: Saving the Old or Building the New?

| August 2018

Steve Walt writes in Foreign Policy about why he chose not to endorse an open letter to the Trump administration by various international relations scholars about the need to save and preserve the U.S. role in the “liberal international order.” Ultimately, his point has to do with the vision the United States has for how world […]

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