Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

Apr 14, 2021

Burma, as Myanmar was known then, won its independence from the British in 1948. Since then, bilateral relations between the US and Myanmar can at best be described as lackluster. They have lacked what experts would call “strategic compulsions.” Western allies of the US lack strategic calculus...

The US Needs to Uncancel the ICC
Apr 12, 2021

The US Needs to Uncancel the ICC

Is the Long War Finally Ending?
Apr 02, 2021

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

It’s Time to Act, Not React, on North Korea
Mar 30, 2021

It’s Time to Act, Not React, on North Korea

The US Joins the “Rules-Based World” on Afghanistan

The US Joins the “Rules-Based World” on Afghanistan

Mar 26, 2021

On March 18, the world was treated to the spectacle of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sternly lecturing senior Chinese officials about the need for China to respect a “rules-based order.” The alternative, Blinken warned, is a world in which might makes right, and “that would be a far...

How Joe Biden Looks at the World

How Joe Biden Looks at the World

Mar 26, 2021

In his first foreign policy speech as president, delivered at the State Department on February 4, 2021, Joe Biden laid out his vision of America’s engagement with the world. In its conventional combination of the stick of military power and the carrot of diplomacy, Biden’s address...

How Stable Is Antony Blinken’s Idea of Stability?

How Stable Is Antony Blinken’s Idea of Stability?

Mar 23, 2021

We recently observed in this column that US President Joe Biden’s embrace of an anti-Russia, Cold War mentality may have been guided by the desire to comfort media outlets such as MSNBC and The New York Times, which over the past five years have staked their reputations on that same commitment....

Biden’s America Is the New “Middle Kingdom”

Biden’s America Is the New “Middle Kingdom”

Mar 22, 2021

For decades, The New York Times has tried to manage the image it once created for itself as a “progressive” newspaper. On various occasions, its ineptness at this game has been so patent that its reputation as the “paper of record” appeared irreparably tarnished. Its support of George W....

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

Mar 19, 2021

Two months after the departure of Donald Trump, the world is seeking to understand the contours of the new administration’s still hesitating foreign policy. US President Joe Biden made a bold step forward this week when he vowed to pursue the fantasy of Russiagate, the Democratic equivalent of...

China and the Perils of Bipartisanship

China and the Perils of Bipartisanship

Mar 19, 2021

Not a single congressional Republican voted for the recent $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Not even the so-called moderate Republicans, the handful who backed the second impeachment of former US President Donald Trump, deigned to support an economic package that helps Americans hardest hit by the...

Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

Mar 18, 2021

In compliance with major statements made repeatedly during his electoral campaign, US President Joe Biden, on his first day in office on January 20, signed two important executive orders — among 15 others, a record number — signaling the United States’ return to the international arena, to...

The Quest to Paint the World Green

The Quest to Paint the World Green

Mar 12, 2021

Once upon a time, a rich hypochondriac was complaining about pains in his head and stomach. He consulted a wise man who pointed out that the root of the problem lay somewhere else: in the man’s eyes. To resolve the persistent headache and stomachache, the sage suggested focusing on just one...

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

Mar 11, 2021

On December 10, 2020, then-US President Donald Trump recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, circumventing a decades-long UN-sponsored peace process for the territory. In return, Morocco agreed to normalize relations with Israel. The US-brokered agreement goes beyond a simple...

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

Mar 04, 2021

Mohammed bin Salman is a charming fellow. The tall, dark and handsome Saudi prince known as MBS has seduced world leaders and eager pundits left and right. To his supporters, MBS became first in line to the Saudi throne by championing reform in a deeply conservative Gulf kingdom, taking on...

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