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The New Cold War: America, China, and the Echoes of History

In this Foreign Affairs article, Professor Hal Brands and Professor John Lewis Gaddis argue that we can learn from history to navigate the new Sino-American cold war.


Containment Beyond the Cold War: How Washington Lost the Post-Soviet Peace

Professor Mary Elise Sarotte writes in Foreign Affairs that the way NATO expanded, and the alternative methods forfeited, profoundly affected the trajectory of US-Russia relations since the Cold War.

The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order Banner

The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order

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


COVID-19 and World Order: The Future of Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has come with many challenges; learn from experts as they imagine a bold new vision for our future


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.

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

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

Senior Fellow James B. Steinberg, writing 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.

Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy

Professor Francis J. Gavin highlights how nuclear danger is returning as a genuine threat and corrects misunderstandings around important nuclear questions


The End of World Order and American Foreign Policy

In a Council on Foreign Relations report, Distinguished Scholar Robert Blackwill and Thomas Wright argue that the United States should respond to the COVID-19 reordering moment and stop deterioration in the balance of power with China, bolster relations with India and Europe and reform the way it deals with allies and partners.


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

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

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