National Security Podcast: Great power competition with Ali Wyne – Policy Forum

In this episode of the National Security Podcast, Katherine Mansted speaks to Ali Wyne about why great powers compete, how China, Russia, and the United States are shaping the global system, and whether their behaviour is making the post-COVID-19 world more dangerous. Is competition between great powers destined to be fraught with the risk of [...]

A Field Guide to U.S.-India Trade Tensions | Council on Foreign Relations

Trade between the United States and India has grown steadily ever since India’s economy began to take off in the mid-1990s and its information technology sector shot to prominence in the early 2000s. From 1999 to 2018, trade in goods and services between the two countries surged from $16 billion to $142 billion. India is [...]

New survey of European public opinion signals trouble for transatlantic alliance – Responsible Statecraft

Amid the ongoing global crisis caused by COVID-19, a new report from the European Council on Foreign Relations has troubling implications for the much-vaunted transatlantic alliance. The report, released June 29, shows that the present crisis has brought European trust in the United States to an all-time low. This data caps off several years of [...]

Francis Fukuyama on the Pandemic and Political Order

Over the years to come, the pandemic could lead to the United States’ relative decline, the continued erosion of the liberal international order, and a resurgence of fascism around the globe. It could also lead to a rebirth of liberal democracy, a system that has confounded skeptics many times, showing remarkable powers of resilience and [...]

The Limitations of a NATO-Middle East Military Cooperation – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The U.S. government should realign its objectives towards the Atlantic Alliance in the Middle East with the reality of NATO’s regional engagement. Given the limitations of NATO’s military cooperation—however, small successes it has yielded—and its security assistance, it should not expect to decisively impact the military effectiveness of Middle Eastern partners. But NATO has and [...]

Looking at War Across 2,500 Years – The New York Times

I think the United States was right to invade Afghanistan after 9/11 (yet wrong to stay any longer than six months). But even as I differed with his words, I was glad to read them. Edstrom is asking hard questions that both the American people and their leaders have sidestepped for years. For example, he [...]

U.S. officials misled the public about the war in Afghanistan, confidential documents reveal – Washington Post

For nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan, U.S. leaders have sounded a constant refrain: We are making progress. They were not, documents show, and they knew it. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/

The End of Grand Strategy | Foreign Affairs

The changing nature of power, along with its diffusion in the international system, has made it much more difficult for the United States to shape its destiny. Rather than quarrel over contending strategic doctrines, U.S. scholars and policymakers should focus on more pragmatic forms of problem solving.  — Read on http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2020-04-13/end-grand-strategy

Shakespeare Conquers America! Starring Ulysses S. Grant as Desdemona – The New York Times

America is massive. Shakespeare is massive. When two such cultural hyper-objects meet, they’re bound to create a black hole strong enough to suck in and warp just about anything around them. James Shapiro analyzes the effects of their collision in his terrific new book, “Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About [...]

Lying in Politics: Reflections on The Pentagon Papers | by Hannah Arendt | The New York Review of Books

“The picture of the world’s greatest superpower killing or seriously injuring a thousand non-combatants a week, while trying to pound a tiny backward nation into submission on an issue whose merits are hotly disputed, is not a pretty one.” —Robert S. McNamara The Pentagon Papers, like so much else in history, tell different stories, teach [...]