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The Taming of Scarcity and the Problems of Plenty: Rethinking International Relations and American Grand Strategy in a New Era

In this Adelphi book, Francis J. Gavin argues that the institutions, practices, theories and policies that helped explain and largely tamed scarcity by generating massive prosperity, and which were sometimes used to justify punishing conquest, are often unsuitable for addressing the problems of plenty.

The New Makers of Modern Strategy, Edited by Professor Hal Brands.

The New Makers of Modern Strategy, edited by Hal Brands, is the next generation of the definitive work on strategy and the key figures who have shaped the theory and practice of war and statecraft throughout the centuries.

Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China

In his newest book, Professor Hal Brands, alongside Michael Beckley (Tufts University), challenge conventional wisdom surrounding the strategic competition between the United States and China, posing the question: What if the sharpest phase of that competition is more like a decade-long sprint?

The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today, by Hal Brands

The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today

Professor Hal Brands highlights key lessons from the Cold War that the U.S. can leverage for today’s great power competition with China and Russia, analyzing the instructive strategic thinking that delivered the U.S. success in the Cold War.


In her newest book, Professor M.E. Sarotte explores the profound impact of NATO expansion on US-Russia relations since the Cold War, revealing missed opportunities and drawing on newly declassified documents and over 100 interviews.

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Bloomberg Opinion: Professor Hal Brands

In his weekly Bloomberg opinion column, Professor Hal Brands shares insights on pressing geopolitical issues facing the world.

The Russian and Chinese national flags are seen on the table as Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his China's President Xi Jinping stand during a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2014. Accessed from Foreign Poli

Opposing China Means Defeating Russia

In this Foreign Policy article, Professor Hal Brands examines the ways in which US policy towards Russia in Ukraine and its policy towards China are interrelated.

Topol-M, a Russian intercontinental ballistic missile, on display during a military parade. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES, The Hub

Russia's Nuclear Option

In this interview with The Hub, Director of the Kissinger Center Professor Francis J. Gavin shares his expert insights on Russia's nuclear stance in the conflict in Ukraine.


In his article in The Economist, Professor Sergey Radchenko discusses the relationship between Russia and China, in light of the invasion of Ukraine.

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Putin has revived the cruelty of the Soviet regime

In this article in The Spectator, Professor Sergey Radchenko compares the policies of Putin to those of the Soviet regime.

President Biden at the White House, March 2022 Kevin Lamarque / Reuters, Foreign Affairs

The Return of Pax Americana?

In this Foreign Affairs article, Professor Michael Beckley (Tufts) and Professor Hal Brands (Johns Hopkins SAIS) examine the implications of Russia's invasion of Ukraine for U.S. foreign policy.

More Research

More research by Kissinger Center faculty and affiliates.