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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Vox Populi, Eurasia Group Foundation and Narratives

| December 2019

The Eurasia Group Foundation (EGF) has released its report on public attitudes towards U.S. foreign policy. Like the project on U.S. Global Engagement at the Carnegie Council, the EGF is attempting to get at the twin issues of “the chasm which exists between the interests and concerns of foreign policy elites and those of ordinary […]

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Philosophy, not “Jeopardy!”: Making Foreign Policy Relevant

| December 2019

The Council on Foreign Relations and the National Geographic Society commissioned Gallup to survey Americans about foreign affairs. From the press release announcing the results, the pollsters concluded that “adult Americans exhibit gaps in their knowledge about geography and world affairs.

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Trump is the Symptom, Not the Problem

| November 2019

Astute observers of U.S. foreign policy have been making the case, as we move into the 2020 elections, not to see the interruptions in the flow of U.S. foreign policy solely as a result of the personality and foibles of the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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A Washington Insider Take on the Narratives

| November 2019

Are we in a moment?  Ever since Trump was elected I have been trying to sort out whether we have reached a critical turning point in U.S. relations with the world or whether this is a momentary flare up (which because we are in the moment) we are over emphasizing the importance of. 

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Crafting Narratives and the 2020 Elections

| October 2019

The Project on U.S. Global Engagement has released its report, The Search for a New Narrative: Recasting American Involvement in the International System. 

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A Russian Take on the Kurds and U.S. Foreign Policy

| October 2019

The Russian defense news site Voennoye Obozrenie has a very interesting and caustic take on the U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria.

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Need for a New Consensus

| September 2019

Josh Rogin follows up on the move to institutionalize transactionalism as the guiding principle of U.S. foreign aid.

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Candidates, Calculus and the Iran Crisis

| September 2019

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of speaking with the members of the Greater Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations this past Tuesday around the topic of the role and scope of U.S. global engagement.

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