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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Values, Immigration and the Saudi Alliance

| April 10, 2018

Two recent articles in The Atlantic challenge dominant assumptions in American political discourse–and the implications ought to be discussed further.

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The United Nations, Human Rights and American Disengagement

| March 28, 2018

Recent events at the UN show how China and Russia are reshaping the international order.

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Uncertainties About America’s Global Reliability

| March 19, 2018

Doubts about America’s reliability as a guarantor and support of the liberal international order have been increasing since the 2016 election. What impact is this having on America’s closest and most critical relationships? What impact does it have both in terms of securing regional and global stability but also on sustaining support for democracy and […]

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Free Trade After the 2016 Elections

| March 13, 2018

Politicians in favor of promoting free trade need a new narrative to persuade the electorate. What might that narrative be?

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American Engagement: Dialogue with the Newport Circle of Scholars

| March 7, 2018

Recently, I had the opportunity to engage in dialogue on the question of what role America ought to be playing in the world with the Newport Circle of Scholars. The Circle of Scholars is one of a multitude of civil society/public associations that serve as a bridge between the affairs of government and the general […]

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Outsourcing Thinking on Engagement?

| February 23, 2018

The American public is increasingly deferential to the military on U.S. global engagement, shifting the ethical burden of responsibility.

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Munich Security Conference: Mixed Messages on American Values, Engagement

| February 19, 2018

The executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government are sending mixed messages on upholding the liberal world order. What will other states do to ensure their strategic autonomy?

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American Engagement: When It Comes to Foreign Policy, Does America Deserve Trump?

| February 9, 2018

In a recent op-ed, two former American Foreign Service officers made a very compelling argument in support of greater American engagement globally and renewed U.S. democracy support abroad. Amb. Adrian Basora and Amb. Ken Yalowitz argue that the current global authoritarian offensive is a U.S. national security threat and conclude that “business and economic thought […]

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