The Role of Foreign Policy in the US Election

October 13, 2020

It has become cliché to assert that unless their country is at war, Americans pay scant attention to foreign policy in their presidential elections. On the whole — and assuming a candidate isn’t seen as a warmonger, an accusation made of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in his loss to...

The World Without American Leadership

August 14, 2019

People around the world, including Americans, have argued that the world can get along without US leadership. Today, they may want to scan the global landscape. While acute crises and violent conflict may not seem imminent at the moment, the view isn’t a hopeful one. For Americans, naively...

Donald Trump’s Madman Theory

December 02, 2016

Without exception, Trump's foreign policy picks are members of the far right: aggressive, Islamophobic and contemptuous of diplomacy. Shortly after taking office in 1969, President Richard Nixon devised his “madman theory.” It was the height of the Vietnam War, and Nixon believed that he could...

Donald Trump and the End of Liberal History

November 14, 2016

Donald Trump and Brexit could mark the end of Western liberal history. In German history, November 9 is known as Schicksalstag (Day of Fate), with far-reaching implications for Europe. On November 9, 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated in the wake of the popular uprising of the “November...

Will President Trump Live Up to Expectations?

November 14, 2016

Donald Trump has raised so many expectations that it may be impossible for him to live up to them. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. There will be many explanations offered in the days and weeks to come for the surprise victory of President-Elect Donald Trump. The United States...

A Trump Administration on the Middle East

November 13, 2016

Donald Trump has no experience in either foreign policy or national security, no background in government and no overarching approach to America’s indispensable role in the world. As previous presidents, he will be mightily challenged in the troubled Middle East. Former US Ambassador Gary Grappo...