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The Narrative IS Changing …

| September 2019
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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 […]

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Transactionalism and U.S. Foreign Aid

| September 2019
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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 […]

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What is the Status Quo for the Climate?

| September 2019
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I have been reading an interesting book, Sarah Parcak’s Archaeology from Space: How The Future Shapes our Past. One of the points throughout is that at various points in the past, changes in climate have caused human beings to abandon settlements and whole cities–that were swallowed up by the desert, became uninhabitable due to lack […]

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The Ethics of Trade with China and Authoritarian Upgrading

| August 2019
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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
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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
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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? There are three broad ethical frameworks that are in conflict which make answering this question difficult. The ethics of a trade war depend, in large part, upon which set […]

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Democratic Candidates and Foreign Policy

| July 2019
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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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What We’ve Been Reading

What We’ve Been Reading

| July 2019
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Welcome to our roundup of news and current events related to ethics and international affairs! Here’s what we’ve been reading this month.

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