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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Stamford Grapples with American Engagement

| July 11, 2018

I am very grateful to the World Affairs Forum in Stamford, CT, for hosting a discussion forum on the topic of American engagement in global affairs. This conversation, held on July 10, 2018, builds upon earlier conversations held in other parts of the country (in March and April) as well as assessments as to what […]

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Trump the Disrupter

| July 6, 2018

Lawrence Freedman has authored a fascinating essay, “Authentic Trump versus the Trump Administration: Donald Trump as Foreign Policy Disrupter.” It raises questions that have been echoed in this forum as well–such as the discussion held at CCEIA in June with Kori Schake and Colin Dueck. (And for those interested, my own commentary on these matters […]

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A “Values-Free” Trans-Atlantic Relationship?

| June 22, 2018

A shift to more transactional modes of doing business–a “values-free” approach–is a risky way to sustain support for existing trans-Atlantic policies and institutions.

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Experts, Ethics and the International System

| June 13, 2018

We had a fascinating conversation on Monday with Kori Schake and Colin Dueck about the role of experts and expertise in engendering trust (or lack thereof) in U.S. foreign policy–an event that took place right at the midpoint between two very consequential meetings for President Donald Trump that could reshape the current international system: the […]

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The Ethics of Triage

| May 27, 2018

How should policymakers prioritize efforts at democracy promotion abroad?

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American Reliability: Iran and North Korea editions

| May 10, 2018

Two months ago, I noted, based on my observations at the Munich Security Conference and at a trilateral dialogue sponsored by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, that there was growing unease about American reliability and whether the United States as a whole, not just the Trump administration, could be trusted to see through […]

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Engagement: What Do Voters Think

| May 8, 2018

Following on earlier posts (Colin Dueck on what Republican voters are thinking and Ian Bremmer on populism and disengagement), Ali Wyne (of the Project for the Study of the 21st Century, among other affiliations) joins in the conversation. Commenting on the spring 2018 meeting of the Trilateral Commission in Singapore, he observes that there is […]

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Disengagement meets the Army of None

| May 1, 2018

I had the opportunity to listen to the presentation made at CCEIA by Paul Scharre, author of┬áThe Army of None. The Army of None refers to the development of autonomous land, air, maritime, space and cyberspace unmanned systems combined with the leaps in technology that allow for autonomous operation–in other words, taking the human out […]

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