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July 10, 2018

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.

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.

June 28, 2018

International Law
The Global Implications of Justice Kennedy’s Retirement

Lost in the avalanche of commentary on Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court are its potential ramifications for the U.S. role in the world. Over the past three dec…

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks during a swearing in ceremony for Judge Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice of the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. on April 10, 2017.

July 20, 2018

China
Trading Places: How the EU-China Summit Underlined U.S. Isolationism in Trade Under Trump

Coauthored with Ashley Feng, research associate in the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. As the rest of the world is distracted by Presi…

European Council President Donald Tusk and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrive to attend a EU-China Summit in Brussels, Belgium on June 2, 2017.

May 12, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Moored to Memory: The Problem of the Past in U.S.-Australia Relations

Now that the reverie aboard the USS Intrepid has receded into memory, it is time to ask just what, precisely, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull achieved on his recent visit to New York and m…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull deliver brief remarks to reporters as they meet ahead of an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, U.S. May 4, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

July 19, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
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 …

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.

June 11, 2018

Donald Trump
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.

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.

June 8, 2018

Donald Trump
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…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada on June 8, 2018.

July 11, 2018

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
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…

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.

July 2, 2018

China
Belt and Router: China Aims for Tighter Internet Controls with Digital Silk Road

Coauthored with Ashley Feng, research associate in the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Given the hype surrounding China’s Belt and Roa…

China's Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Huning attends the opening ceremony of the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China on December 3, 2017.

October 31, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
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…

The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World