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March 1, 2017

South Korea
Expanding South Korea’s Security Role in the Asia-Pacific Region

South Korea has much to lose if it does not help Southeast Asia address regional flash points such as disputes in the South China Sea.

March 13, 2018

U.S. State Department
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart at the end of a five-country swing through Africa from Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2018. Tillerson, Pompeo, and the State of State

Mike Pompeo inherits a marginalized State Department, undermined by several grievous mistakes from Rex Tillerson. 

March 5, 2018

Xi and Putin Global Democracy Retreats as Authoritarianism Marches Forth

In an op-ed recently published in the Hill, I write about what democracy in retreat and authoritarianism on the march mean for the future of the liberal world order. President Xi Jinping’s brazen…

February 21, 2018

Global Governance
G7 informal group picture The Liberal World Order in the Shadow of America First

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Alan Alexandroff, director of the Global Summitry project at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, to discuss the role of sovereig…

January 29, 2018

Donald Trump
Trump Rally Sovereignty in the Spotlight: What Trump Gets Right and Wrong

On the eve of Trump's first State of the Union address, it is worth reviewing what is behind his America First doctrine and what does its focus on national sovereignty signal for the future of U.S. g…

January 26, 2018

United States
Trump at Davos Trump at Davos: Nationalism, Globalism, and American Sovereignty

Though declaring the United States "open for business," President Trump affirmed his preference for bilateral trade. And while trying to reassure the world that "America First does not mean America a…

January 23, 2018

Donald Trump
Trump and Turnbull How U.S. Allies Are Adapting to "America First"

In a new postscript published in Foreign Affairs, I analyze the evidence of countries hedging against the United States after one year of President Trump’s “America First” agenda. At the dawn of t…

March 1, 1999

The U.S.-Japan Alliance

During the Cold War, the U.S.-Japan alliance was at the core of the American presence, power, and prestige in the Asia-Pacific region. When the Cold War ended, many questioned whether the alliance wo…

January 8, 2018

World Order
Woodrow Wilson Trump and Wilson's Ghost: The Fourteen Points Turn 100 year

In an op-ed recently published in the Hill, I contrast President Donald J. Trump’s transactional and cynical diplomacy with President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points, which turn one hundred today. …

January 2, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Sovereignty Wars Teaching Notes The Sovereignty Wars

Teaching Notes for The Sovereignty Wars written by CFR Senior Fellow and Director Stewart M. Patrick.