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October 1, 2017

Iran
Ideology and Foreign Policy

Barack Obama undertook two supremely ideological foreign policy moves. In both cases he seemed largely motivated by myths about American "crimes" in the past, and for that reason failed or refused to…

March 16, 2016

Democracy and U.S. Foreign Policy

What role should support for democracy have in U.S. foreign policy? A large group of former officials and foreign policy analysts, of which I am a part, has just written an open letter to all the pre…

November 17, 2017

Russia
Economic Constraints on Russian Foreign Policy

For now, Russia is able to achieve many of its foreign policy goals despite the limitations of its economy, but that will not last forever. The United States should prepare to seize future opportunit…

April 7, 2017

Corruption
Symposium Screenshot for Blog Post_Cropped The Future of Anticorruption in U.S. Foreign Policy

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hosting the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy program’s symposium on “The Future of Anticorruption in U.S. Foreign Policy.” We started the day off with Senator Be…

April 7, 2017

Corruption
Symposium Screenshot for Blog Post_Cropped The Future of Anticorruption in U.S. Foreign Policy

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hosting the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy program’s symposium on “The Future of Anticorruption in U.S. Foreign Policy.” We started the day off with Senator Be…

March 2, 2017

United States
Separation_Powers_Foreign_Policy.jpg U.S. Foreign Policy Powers: Congress and the President

The separation of powers has spawned a great deal of debate over the roles of the president and Congress in foreign affairs, as well as over the limits on their respective authorities, explains this …

July 24, 2017

Sanctions
REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin Have Sanctions Become the Swiss Army Knife of U.S. Foreign Policy?

The Congress takes an important, positive step to reinforce Russian sanctions, but are we at risk of overusing the sanctions tool? Senate and House negotiators have reached agreement on a bill tha…

November 14, 2017

United States
Global Gun Policy Comparisons U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

High-profile mass shootings in the United States in recent years have rekindled the gun control debate and raised comparisons of policies around the world.

November 6, 2017

Niger
Airmen unload a C-130J Super Hercules during a deployment at Agadez, Niger. Will the Niger Attack Shift U.S. Policy in West Africa?

An attack on Green Berets in southwest Niger has reignited a debate over U.S. policy in the region that stretches back decades.

April 27, 2017

Energy and Environment
Oil Dependence and U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States' dependence on oil has long influenced its foreign policy. This three-part timeline traces the story of U.S. oil development, and the resulting geopolitical competition and environm…