Nikolas Gvosdev

Nikolas Gvosdev is a professor of national security studies at the U.S. Naval War College, a senior editor at The National Interest, and a blogger at Ethics & International Affairs. The views expressed are his own.

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Democracy Promotion and a Trump Administration

| February 21, 2017

What happens to the democracy promotion enterprise in a Trump administration? The President’s comments that under his watch the United States will not be seeking to impose its system or values on other countries suggests that the spread and strengthening of democratic systems around the world will not be a top priority and in fact […]

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What Follows the “Post-Cold War” Era?

| November 21, 2016

Is the age of (reactionary) nationalism to follow the optimism that the end of the cold war would bring about a global community?

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Transitioning to a Trump Administration

| November 10, 2016

At the September panel held at the Carnegie Council, called to look, in part, at the differing perspectives of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I noted: “We do have to think about the “what if” moment after Election Day and what it might mean” if Trump were to be elected, since, unlike Clinton, he did […]

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The Ethical Risks of Delay

| November 5, 2016

Even though Americans will conclude the presidential election in a matter of hours, given the so-called “lame duck” period, there will be a delay in when the new administration is seated. Even if the Democrats retain control of the executive branch, however, there will be a period of disruption as many Barack Obama appointees are […]

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CETA, Local Democracy, and the Liberal Order

| October 25, 2016

CETA–the Canada/EU free trade agreement–is now on political life support. The multiyear effort to craft a common market across the Atlantic and to strengthen the bonds of the liberal order in the West is running right up against the local democracy of Wallonia.

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The Paris Agreement, World Citizenship and National Sovereignty

| October 17, 2016

Nicholas Chan’s contribution to the current issue of Ethics and International Affairs makes the observation that the Paris Agreement on climate change focuses on a “‘bottom-up’ structure, emphasizing national flexibility in order to ensure broader participation”–with the hopes that this nod in favor of national sovereignty will make it easier for governments to set and […]

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Pessimism and the Liberal Order

| September 14, 2016

Is the pessimism that I expressed about the sustainability of the liberal order at the close of the recent Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs panel (“U.S. Elections and Brexit: Can Liberalism Survive?”) justified? I wanted to add a short codicil to my remarks at the panel. The liberal world order–and here, in response […]

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The Stateless and the New UN Secretary-General

The Stateless and the New UN Secretary-General

| August 22, 2016

When it comes to the crisis of the stateless—those who have fled their homes, been ejected from their states by war, conflict, natural disasters or economic collapse, or who can no longer remain as citizens of their states by virtue of their race, religion, ethnicity or class—the old, established ways of doing things are coming under strain.

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