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The Democratic Debate and Competing Narratives

| January 2020
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As the Democratic field of presidential candidates narrows, the contenders for the nomination are beginning to devote more attention to the question of foreign policy. What has been interesting to see is how Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been making statements that would suggest that they are in favor of a reassessment of America’s […]

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Foreign Policy Narratives in Palm Beach

| January 2020
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I was honored to be invited to speak to a gathering of the Palm Beach chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States. The conversation about the scope and direction of U.S. foreign engagement parallels previous discussions in other parts of the country. There is a good deal of concern about the way […]

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A Parting of Values: America First versus Transactionalism

| January 2020
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Some of the commentary I have received from the post on Soleimani and the Democratic Primary Electorate has focused on how the discussion about the next steps that ought to be taken by the United States have or have not addressed the questions of American values. In other words, to what extent should an American […]

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Soleimani and the Democratic Primary Electorate

| January 2020
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In the aftermath of the U.S. drone strike on the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, General Qassem Soleimani, Sarah Jones, over at New York Magazine, ponders whether  we will see more focus on foreign policy questions in the Democratic presidential primary.

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Loisach Group and the Democratic Community Narrative

| December 2019
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I am at the Berlin meetings of the Losaich Group, a U.S.-German strategic dialogue, which has convened this week to discuss the trans-Atlantic relationship within the frame of “great power competition,” particularly the rise of China.

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Vox Populi, Eurasia Group Foundation and Narratives

| December 2019
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The Eurasia Group Foundation (EGF) has released its report on public attitudes towards U.S. foreign policy.

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

| December 2019
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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
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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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