Despite some eerie parallels between the position of the United States today and that of the British Empire a century ago, there are key differences. Britain's decline was driven by bad economics. The United States, in contrast, has the strength and dynamism to continue shaping the world -- but only if it can overcome its political dysfunction and reorient U.S. policy for a world defined by the rise of other powers.
The United States' unipolar moment is over. International relations in the twenty-first century will be defined by nonpolarity.
Two experts discuss how the United States should confront shifts in global political power in the 21st century.
Ray Takeyh, John D. Podesta and Lawrence J. Korb argue that “the strategic necessities of ending the war have never been more compelling.”
The State of the Union is a speech given annually by the president to Congress, in which the president outlines the current condition of the United States and national priorities for the coming year, based on the U.S. Constitution, Article Two, Section Three. President Bush delivered his State of the Union Address speeches on January 29, 2002, January 28, 2003, January 20, 2004, February 2, 2005, January 31, 2006, January 23, 2007, and January 28, 2008.
Iowa caucus victories for Democrat Barak Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee reshuffle some analysts' assumptions about Campaign 2008.
CFR President Richard N. Haass examines the global challenges facing the next U.S. president and advocates an interest-based approach to foreign policy.
The United States needs a foreign policy that is based on reality and is loyal to American values. The next U.S. president needs to send a clear signal to the world that America has turned the corner and will once again be a leader rather than a unilateralist loner. Getting out of Iraq and restoring our reputation are necessary first steps toward a new strategy of U.S. global engagement and leadership.
The Bush administration's arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad. American foreign policy needs to change its tone and attitude, open up, and reach out. In particular, it should focus on eliminating Islamist terrorists, stabilizing Iraq, containing Iran, and toughening its stance with Pakistan.
CSIS Commission on Smart Power, launched in 2006, develops a vision to guide America's global engagement in this report.
After 60 years of U.S. domination, the balance of power in Northeast Asia is shifting. The United States is in relative decline, China is on the rise, and Japan and South Korea are in flux. To maintain U.S. power in the region, Washington must identify the trends shaping this transition and embrace new tools and regimes that broaden the United States' power base.
CFR's Noah Feldman examines the American urge to export democracy.
Daniel Markey, author of a new article in Foreign Affairs on Pakistan, discusses how the United States should handle Pakistan and its political crisis.
Deep divisions at home about the nature of the United States' engagement with the world threaten to produce failed leadership abroad -- and possibly isolationism. To steady U.S. global leadership and restore consensus to U.S. foreign policy, U.S. commitments overseas must be scaled back to a more politically sustainable level.
With presidential politics already coloring all aspects of international policymaking, CFR.org launches Campaign 2008 to track the tangle of foreign policy and national security issues throughout the election cycle.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
An authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help. More