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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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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The Narrative IS Changing …

| September 2019

One of the criticisms that the U.S. Global Engagement project has received over the past year is the assessment that we are assigning too much weight to those Americans who have expressed dissatisfaction with the level of American involvement in world affairs–and that this is primarily concentrated among one segment of voters who cast ballots for Donald Trump in 2016.

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Transactionalism and U.S. Foreign Aid

| September 2019

One of the critical questions we have been grappling with since Donald Trump’s election is the extent to which a transactional calculus would come to predominate in U.S. foreign policy decision-making. Nahal Toosi of Politico, in her story, “Trump Plan Would Steer Foreign Aid to ‘Friends and Allies,’ has obtained the draft of a new presidential directive on American foreign aid which suggests that transactionalism will shift from being a rhetoric device to an actual defining principle as to how the United States will conduct its foreign affairs.

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What is the Status Quo for the Climate?

| September 2019

I have been reading an interesting book by Sarah Parcak called Archaeology from Space: How The Future Shapes our Past.

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The Ethics of Trade with China and Authoritarian Upgrading

| August 2019

In an earlier posting, I discussed some of the ethical frameworks for assessing the trade war with China, themes that were expanded upon in a podcast for the Carnegie Council. Commentators responding to those points have wanted to explore in greater depth the ethical considerations of large-scale trade and economic interdependence with an illiberal state.

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Beyond Trump

| August 2019

One of the reasons for the U.S. Global Engagement project’s continued emphasis on understanding the roots of “narrative collapse” in terms of American voters supporting an expansive vision of the U.S. role in the world is our sense that this is a phenomenon that extends beyond the figure and person of President Donald Trump. Our […]

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Ethical Considerations in a Trade War with China

| August 2019

Are there ethical considerations that need to be factored in as part of assessing the merits of a “trade war” with the People’s Republic of China?

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Democratic Candidates and Foreign Policy

| July 2019

Foreign Policy has released a compendium of statements and positions taken by the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president with regards to different issues with foreign policy. This allows interested voters the chance to see where each of the candidates falls out along the spectrum. How nationalist versus internationalist? Which narrative most applies–restorationist, democratic […]

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