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August 30, 2021

Afghanistan
Exiting Afghanistan Will Improve America’s Global Standing in the Long Run

Allies in Europe and the Asia-Pacific will be the beneficiaries of an overdue strategic realignment.

President Joe Biden salutes members of the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard.

June 2, 2020

COVID-19
Graphing the Pandemic Economy

In a fast-evolving crisis like a pandemic, GDP and other conventional economic metrics are simply too slow to be useful for policymakers who need to make decisions about when to lock down and reopen …

July 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Miscalculating Tunisia

If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long. 

Amid fellow protesters, a Tunisian girl holds a sign reading "game over." Two soldiers stand facing the crowd.

August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …

September 24, 2021

Latin America
Latin America Shouldn’t Be a Pawn in U.S.-China Rivalry

The key to its success will be dodging zero-sum choices between the two superpowers.

Four people waving in front of the Panama Canal

February 8, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Whither US Foreign Policy?

Biden’s emerging foreign policy signals a return to the post–World War II tradition. But it will be a long time before the U.S. can lead by the power of its example.

President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy address as Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken listen

September 17, 2021

Europe
The Atlantic Alliance After Afghanistan

The transatlantic alliance is enjoying a period of restoration following the damage done by former U.S. President Donald Trump. But as the West’s messy exit from Afghanistan has made clear, the Unite…

President Macron leans over and points at President Biden at the NATO Summit in Brussels

November 17, 2020

United States
America Is Drifting Toward an Iraqi Future

Once a country loses its sense of national identity, a national unraveling is often not far behind.

Pro-Trump (R) and anti-Trump demonstrators argue at the Michigan state capitol on November 08, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.

July 10, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes speaks about Obama's upcoming visit to Cuba at the White House in Washington February 18, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a historic visit to Cuba next month, speeding up the thaw in relations between the two Cold War former foes but igniting opposition from Republicans at home.

June 16, 2021

China
The plan to 'Build Back Better' across the globe isn't enough to counter China

Below is an excerpt of an op-ed originally published at The Hill.  For too long, the U.S. response to Belt and Road has been to highlight its pitfalls and warn countries not to accept Chinese fina…