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The Sicilian Expedition and the Dilemma of Interventionism

| March 2019
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The Peloponnesian War has lessons for U.S. foreign policy beyond the Thucydides Trap.

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Climate Change and Competing Ethical Visions

| March 2019
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Eric Levitz has a fascinating and provocative post in New York Magazine exploring how one can reach very different policy conclusions as to what to do about the impacts of climate change. In essence, the prevailing narrative has been framed by what we might see as universalist ethics–that to cope with climate change, we must adopt […]

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What We’ve Been Reading

What We’ve Been Reading

| March 2019
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The NSA’s Freedom Act Program, the INF Treaty, and Venezuela. Here’s what we’ve been reading.

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Competing Bipartisan Consensuses?

| February 2019
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Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweets: “There is an emerging, left right coalition of common sense for a foreign policy of restraint.” We certainly have seen some interesting challenges in the past several weeks to some of the established verities about the role the United States ought to be playing in the world. If nothing else, a […]

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The New Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy

| February 2019
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One of the questions I have been following is how the new Congress will approach questions of U.S. foreign policy. With the Democrats in control of the lower chamber, but Republicans retaining their majority in the Senate, it provides for divided oversight and assessment. Moreover, while the broad tent of the Democratic party has found […]

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Rischian Transactionalism

| January 2019
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Transactionalism in U.S. foreign policy has a new proponent: James E. Risch, incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Ethics and the Syria Withdrawal

| December 2018
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All of the questions I wanted to pose about the ethics surrounding the question of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria have been raised in Conor Friedersdorf’s December 26 column in The Atlantic. (In fact, the only ethical question he does not address about a Syria withdrawal is the one raised recently by Josh […]

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Warren and Haley: Post-Trump Foreign Policies?

| December 2018
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One of the conclusions of the recently released report Misconnecting with the U.S. Public: Narrative Collapse and U.S. Foreign Policy is the need for U.S. political figures, particularly thinking toward a post-Trump administration, to develop a narrative which acknowledges the recent mistakes that have led to skepticism on the part of the U.S. public towards […]

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