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March 23, 2018

China
U.S. President Donald J. Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on November 9, 2017. Emperor Xi Meets Donald Trump Thought

Together, China’s rise and Trump’s reactions threaten to bury the liberal international order and limit Sino-American cooperation, and tensions could well spill over into other regions and global cha…

September 12, 2017

United Nations
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Thug Life: Why is Donald Trump So Cozy with Dictators?

In an op-ed recently published in The Hill, I examine President Donald J. Trump’s embrace of foreign strongmen. You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps. Donald Trump’s strange affin…

October 31, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World U.S. Sovereignty Enhanced, Not Undermined, by International Cooperation, Writes Stewart Patrick in New CFR Book

October 31, 2017—When the United States withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord in June, President Donald J. Trump justified the move as a necessary reassertion of U.S. sovereignty. In The Sovereignty…

November 15, 2016

rtx2t2gn_b Donald Trump’s Global Agenda: What Have You Got to Lose?

Donald J. Trump’s election as U.S. president could have seismic consequences for international cooperation. During the campaign, the candidate signaled his intent to shake up established U.S. foreign…

July 19, 2018

State and Local Governments
Governor Jerry Brown delivers his final State of the State address in Sacramento, California, U.S. on January 25, 2018. As Trump Abandons Globalism, Governors Take to World Stage

In an op-ed recently published in the Hill, I write about increasing global activism from states and what it means for U.S. foreign policy. As Donald Trump abdicates U.S. leadership and dismantles…

July 10, 2018

Europe
Former Secretary of State George C. Marshall urging the prompt ratification of the North Atlantic Military Alliance, speaking on the second anniversary of his address at Harvard University in which he outlined the Marshall Plan for the economic recovery of Europe. Trump’s Misguided Attack on European Unity

Trump's antipathy toward the EU overlooks America’s enduring interest in a united Europe that can serve as one pillar of an open, rule-bound international system.

July 19, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
People stage a protest against the nearby Belgian Tihange nuclear power station outside the town hall during a Charlemagne Prize ceremony in Aachen, Germany on May 10, 2018. Could European Populism Go Nuclear on NATO?

The following is a guest post by David Gevarter, an intern for European studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Before the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, observers …

June 11, 2018

Donald Trump
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Canada on June 9, 2018. At G7 Summit, Trump Takes a Wrecking Ball to the West

The outcome of the G7 summit suggests Trump is prepared to abandon the transatlantic relationship, and even the concept of “the West,” as pillars of U.S. global engagement.

June 8, 2018

Donald Trump
U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada on June 8, 2018. The Ugly American: Trump Attends the G6+1 Summit

In an op-ed recently published in the Hill, I write about how Trump’s abdication of American leadership has rendered the G7’s formal summit agenda irrelevant. The gathering of the G7 members in Qu…

July 11, 2018

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as NATO leaders pose for a family photo at the start of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium on July 11, 2018. A “Value”-less Summit: What to Expect from Trump’s NATO Summit

The following is a guest post from Christopher M. Vassallo, an intern at Foreign Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations. If you want to know how this week’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization…