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    ‘Brexit’ and the Unappealing EU
    Jun23

    ‘Brexit’ and the Unappealing EU

    Tim Black observes that even supporters for staying in the EU can’t muster any enthusiasm for it: Just listen to someone make the case for Remain: they’ll admit the EU is flawed; they’ll say it could be more democratic; and they’ll even acknowledge that, despite some left-ish postures, it has screwed whole peoples over,...

    Endangered Hawks
    Jun22

    Endangered Hawks

    The 2016 presidential election has been a dispiriting one for Americans interested in a having a more restrained and responsible foreign policy. The Republican field was overflowing with hawkish candidates, and Hillary Clinton arguably has the most aggressive foreign policy of any Democratic nominee since Lyndon Johnson. The Republican nominee,...

    Our Impulsive Foreign Policy Establishment
    Jun21

    Our Impulsive Foreign Policy Establishment

    Some 50 State Department officials have signed a memo calling on President Obama to launch air and missile strikes on the Damascus regime of Bashar Assad. A “judicious use of stand-off and air weapons,” they claim, “would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process.” In brief, to strengthen the hand of our...

    The House GOP’s Stale Foreign Policy Agenda
    Jun13

    The House GOP’s Stale Foreign Policy Agenda

    Jacob Heilbrunn isn’t impressed with the House Republicans’ proposals on foreign policy: Instead of a far-sighted document that sets out a fresh course for American foreign policy, it offers a mishmash of neocon foreign-policy bilge that has already led the GOP and the United States badly astray. Heilbrunn is right in dismissing what...

    Clinton Rejects ‘America First’
    Jun03

    Clinton Rejects ‘America First’

    “Clinton to Paint Trump as a Risk to World Order.” Thus did page one of Thursday’s New York Times tee up Hillary Clinton’s big San Diego speech on foreign policy. Inside the Times, the headline was edited to underline the point: “Clinton to Portray Trump as Risk to the World.” The Times promoted the speech as “scorching,” a “sweeping...

    Obstacles to Foreign Policy Restraint
    May25

    Obstacles to Foreign Policy Restraint

    Emma Ashford reviews the recent Advancing American Security conference, and adds this: Despite these attempts at engagement, realist and restraint-oriented perspectives, whether from inside or outside the Beltway, remain a relative rarity in Washington, where broadly interventionist ideas tend to dominate among both Democrats and Republicans....

    Out of the Cold War?
    May23

    Out of the Cold War?

    Is America stuck in the Cold War or headed into a new one? Over the last 25 years, American grand strategy has had to do some heavy lifting to address the rise of terrorism—but it may have lost sight of the more dangerous threat posed by great power wars. Worry over the deterioration of U.S.-Russian relations was a common theme earlier this week...

    Sweden and Finland Won’t Pursue NATO Membership
    May20

    Sweden and Finland Won’t Pursue NATO Membership

    The Swedish government is ruling out making a bid to join NATO: Sweden will not make a formal bid to join NATO for fear of escalating further the already tense situation that exists between the West and Russia over the annexation of Crimea and the continued crisis in Ukraine, the country’s defence minister said on 17 May. That’s the...

    Clinton’s Hawk-in-Waiting
    May19

    Clinton’s Hawk-in-Waiting

    The other day, a question popped up on a Facebook thread I was commenting on: “Where is Victoria Nuland?” The short answer, of course, is that she is still holding down her position as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. But a related question begs for a more expansive response: Where will Victoria Nuland be after...

    Trump The Destabilizer
    May08

    Trump The Destabilizer

    Ross Douthat lays out what he calls “the conservative case against Trump.” He says that electing Trump would mean the end of Reaganism, but concedes that for some conservatives, that would not be a bug, but a feature. Here is the heart of the argument: Trump would not be an American Mussolini; even our sclerotic institutions would resist him more...

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