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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Has Trump Become a Realist?

| Apr. 17, 2018

Stephen Walt elaborates on why there is reason to think Donald Trump is becoming a closet realist or even an offshore balancer. However, he also writes that Trump  seems to grasp part of the logic — it's better to let others contend than to do the heavy lifting yourself — but he lacks the knowledge, skill, and subtlety to make a sophisticated strategy like this work.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks while submitting his next year's budget bill in an open session of parliament in Tehran


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Who's Afraid of a Balance of Power?

| Dec. 08, 2017

"...[I]nstead of looking for ways to encourage splits and schisms among extremists, the United States often acts and speaks in ways that drive them closer together. To take an obvious example, although there may be some modest ideological common ground between Iran, Hezbollah, the Houthis in Yemen, the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, and the Sadr movement in Iraq, each of these groups has its own interests and agendas, and their collaboration is best understood as a strategic alliance rather than as a cohesive or unified ideological front. Launching a full-court press against them — as Saudi Arabia and Israel would like us to do — will merely give all of our adversaries even more reason to help each other."

Protesters march with crossed out caricature of U.S. President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Trump Isn't Sure If Democracy Is Better Than Autocracy

| Nov. 13, 2017

"The Divider-in-Chief seems entirely comfortable with — and maybe even a little envious of — the various autocrats who are richer or more powerful than he is (or both) and free from those inconvenient constitutional constraints and checks and balances that keep getting in the way of Trump's feuds, whims, and destructive impulses."

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

What the End of ISIS Means

| Oct. 23, 2017

"The central problem affecting the broader Middle East remains the lack of effective political institutions, compounded by repeated and sometimes violent interference in the region by various foreign powers (including the United States). This is true in Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, and parts of sub-Saharan Africa, and it is the fear of such a future that has led the Saudi royal family to attempt a radical restructuring of its own economy and political institutions. Political and social conditions in these countries still inspire rage against ruling elite and anger at the foreign powers aligned with them, and, in some cases, that rage leads people to join radical movements and take up arms against their perceived oppressors."

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands


Analysis & Opinions - Jewish Daily Forward

That 'Israel Lobby' Controversy? History Has Proven Us Right

| Oct. 02, 2017

"Unfortunately for Israel as well as the United States, the past 10 years provide ample evidence that our core argument is still correct. Nevertheless, shifts inside the pro-Israel community and in Israel itself may yet lead to positive shifts in U.S. Middle East policy and to a healthier relationship between the two countries." 

Aristide Briand, center standing, gives his address in the Palais D'Orsay


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

There’s Still No Reason to Think the Kellogg-Briand Pact Accomplished Anything

| Sep. 29, 2017

"...[T]here is a simple explanation for the decline in conquest that they do not consider, one that has nothing to do with law, norms, or the peace pact itself. Over the past century, the spread of nationalism from Europe to the periphery and an expanding global supply of small arms has dramatically increased the cost of conquering and subduing a foreign population and then incorporating them within one's own polity. Once the idea of national self-determination had spread around the globe, local populations were willing to fight and die to expel foreign occupiers, and the spread of small arms and high explosives made it much easier for them to make occupiers pay."

youth light candles at the Battle of Stalingrad memorial


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Great Powers Are Defined by Their Great Wars

| Sep. 21, 2017

"If you want to understand the foreign policy of a great power, therefore (and probably lesser powers as well), a good place to start is to look at the great wars it has fought. And for most of the major powers, the last great war is still World War II. If one asks what this perspective to some contemporary powers, what might it reveal?"