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Narratives, Priorities and Defense Spending

| April 2020
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Is the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than any reports issued by think tanks and platforms developed by candidates, going to have major changes in how Americans perceive foreign policy? David Barno and Nora Bensahel make the following critical observation in a recent essay for War on the Rocks: A poll taken in February […]

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Hungary and the Values Test

| March 2020
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In the wake of the Hungarian parliament’s vote to allow the executive to rule by decree, Fred Kaplan argues that it is time to consider expelling Hungary from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on the grounds that the country no longer upholds the liberal-democratic values that should form the basis of the security association. He […]

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Borders in the Time of COVID-19

Borders in the Time of COVID-19

| March 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the significance of borders. While much attention has been paid to debates surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall,” the current crisis reveals that governments seeking to restrict mobility rely only partly (and increasingly rarely) on brick and mortar.

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Does Covid-19 Change International Relations?

| March 2020
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Does a global pandemic change the nature of international affairs? Is it likely to foster international cooperation, or will it promote disintegrative tendencies within the global system–as nations seek to disconnect themselves? Could we see renewed efforts at “decoupling” countries and rethinking global supply chains and transport networks? Moreover, will different nations see the pandemic […]

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What Do Americans Think …

| March 2020
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The U.S. Global Engagement Project at the Carnegie Council has been conducting a survey of attitudes about U.S. foreign policy with an eye to understanding where Americans are prepared to accept risks or prioritize tradeoffs with competing clusters of values and interests. While the survey is still running, I’d like to share some preliminary tabulations. […]

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Super Tuesday and the Clash of Foreign Policy Narratives

| March 2020
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The “Super Tuesday” contest has now transformed the Democratic presidential primary into a two-person race, but beyond that, Democratic voters are now presented with a clear choice between two different foreign policy narratives and ethical considerations when it comes to U.S. engagement in the international system. I had the opportunity to speak with Alex Woodson […]

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What We’ve Been Reading

What We’ve Been Reading

| February 2020
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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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Gallagher’s Proposal and Emerging Narratives

| February 2020
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One of the members of the Carnegie Council study group on U.S. global engagement, Colin Dueck, alerted me to an important Wall Street Journal op-ed by Representative Michael Gallagher (R-WI) which lays out a new paradigm for conducting U.S. foreign policy, as it relates to trade and “great power competition” with regards to technological advancement. […]

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