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December 16, 2019

Global Governance
The Alliance for Multilateralism Makes Sense. Can It Make Good?

The incipient Alliance for Multilateralism comes at a pivotal moment, but its ambiguous identity represents a potential stumbling block.

German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas delivers a speech next to his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

January 24, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Restoring U.S. Leadership

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: U.S. leadership in the world; the wisdom of making campaign donors ambassadors; and early voting b…

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign rally in Muscatine, Iowa, on January 21. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

December 17, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Violence Against Women: Beyond Multilateral Virtue Signaling

Multilateral institutions often focus on rhetoric over action in countering violence against women. States inclined to do better should take matters into their own hands and adopt feminist foreign po…

Women during a demonstration against gender violence at Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City, Mexico.

December 2, 2019

Cybersecurity
Can New Rules of the Road Help in Securing Cyberspace?

Incipient cyber norms will not become established principles of conduct overnight. 

A computer keyboard lit by displayed code.

November 25, 2019

Europe
Europe Wants Strategic Autonomy, but That Is Much Easier Said Than Done

Achieving strategic autonomy will require Europeans to develop a coherent strategic culture, reach agreement on  priorities, and reassure U.S. leaders that greater autonomy is complementary to NATO. …

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take part in the launching of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).

January 17, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Seventh Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the Democrats debate in Des Moines, the New York Times interviews the candidates, and two new poll…

The top six Democratic presidential challengers take the stage at the January 14 debate in Des Moines, Iowa.

November 18, 2019

France
At the Paris Peace Forum, Europe Makes the Case for Multilateralism

European leaders are championing multilateral cooperation as the United States continues its turn away from global leadership.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech at the start of the Paris Peace Forum.

November 11, 2019

Treaties and Agreements
A Tale of Two Paris Agreements

The U.S. abdications of the Covenant of the League of Nations and the Paris Climate Accords may be remembered as bookends to the American century.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives to announce his decision that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.

November 4, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
What Would "Restraint" Really Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?

Proponents of restraint need to clarify what the term means, how to implement it, and its implications for U.S. national interests and world order.   

A convoy of U.S. vehicles withdraws from northern Syria.

October 28, 2019

Election 2020
How Do Warren's and Sanders's Progressive Foreign Policy Visions Stack Up?

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are both progressives, but their foreign policy visions diverge in important ways.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren participate in the first night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate.