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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…

February 15, 2018

China
U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. U.S. Policy Toward China: Dumping the Baby, the Bathwater, and the Tub

According to a recent Foreign Affairs article, U.S. policy toward China has failed. Two senior Asia officials who served in the Obama administration, my good friends Kurt Campbell and Ely Ratner (who…

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…

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 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…

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…

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The Future of Anticorruption in U.S. Foreign Policy

The Council on Foreign Relations held a symposium on April 6, 2017 that brought together current and former U.S. foreign policy leaders, legal experts, and innovative thinkers to discuss and debate t…

February 13, 2018

United States
FA MA 2018 Cover Walking Away From World Order: Weighing Trump’s First Year of Foreign Policy

“Nobody really knew what to expect when Donald Trump became U.S. president. Would he disrupt the status quo or maintain it? Blow himself up or escape unscathed? One year in, the answer is yes,” write…