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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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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The Montenegro Test

| July 2018

The discussion over Montenegro has ethical dimensions that have been largely overlooked.

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Stamford Grapples with American Engagement

| July 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 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 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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