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Research and Impact

Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy

In his latest book, Professor Francis J. Gavin explores what we know—and don’t know—about how nuclear weapons shape American grand strategy and international relations

The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order

Professor Hal Brands with Charlie Edel call to draw on the lessons of the past to address current threats to international order

The Shoals of Ukraine: Where American Illusions and Great-Power Politics Collide

Professor Mary Sarotte with Serhii Plokhy, in the January/February 2020 print edition of Foreign Affairs, explain how over the past 25 years, efforts to establish a durable post-Cold War Eurasian order have failed over the issue of Ukraine.

Post Wall, Post Square: How Bush, Gorbachev, Kohl, and Deng Shaped the World after 1989

In her forthcoming book, Professor Kristina Spohr offers a bold new interpretation of the revolutions of 1989, showing how a new world order was forged—without major conflict.

Implementing Grand Strategy Toward China: Twenty-Two U.S. Policy Prescriptions

In a Council on Foreign Relations special report, Distinguished Scholar Robert Blackwill considers the challenge of China and recommends decisive action, sustained diplomacy, collaboration among branches of the U.S. government, and working with allies in Asia and Europe, among other approaches.

What Went Wrong? U.S.-China Relations from Tiananmen to Trump

Senior Fellow James B. Steinberg, in the Texas National Security Review, looks back at the relationship between the United States and China over the last 30 years and asks whether a better outcome could have been produced had different decisions been made.

Asking the Right Questions About the Past and Future of World Order

In War on the Rocks, Professor Francis J. Gavin considers both the past and future of world order, and details the center's work on these consequential questions

The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush's Decision to Surge in Iraq

Professor Hal Brands, with Timothy Andrews Sayle, Jeffrey A. Engel, and William Inboden, detail how President George W. Bush came to double-down on Iraq in the highest stakes gamble of his entire presidency.

How to Enlarge NATO: The Debate inside the Clinton Administration, 1993–95

Professor Mary Elise Sarotte writes in International Security on how the 1993–95 debate over the best means of expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization unfolded inside the Clinton administration.

Rethinking the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy

Writing in the Texas National Security Review, Professor Francis J. Gavin considers how leading theories and histories have failed to fully explain important choices American leaders have made about nuclear weapons over the past eight decades.

RIP the Carter Doctrine, 1980-2019

Professor Hal Brands, with Steven A. Cook and Kenneth M. Pollack, write in Foreign Policy that President Donald Trump has torn up a foundation of U.S. foreign policy and is causing irreparable damage to the Middle East—and world order—in the process.