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

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has come with many challenges. In this new volume, edited by Professors Hal Brands and Francis J. Gavin, experts share a bold new vision for our future.

The End of World Order and American Foreign Policy, CFR Report

In this 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.

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

In her newest 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.

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

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

Nuclear Weapons and Grand Strategy (Brookings Institution Press, 2020)

In his award-winning book, Director of the Kissinger Center, Professor Francis J. Gavin, highlights how nuclear danger is returning as a genuine threat and corrects misunderstandings around important nuclear questions

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.

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

Edited by Professor Hal Brands, with Timothy Andrews Sayle, Jeffrey A. Engel, and William Inboden, The Last Card details 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 issue, 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.

The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order

Kissinger Center faculty member Professor Hal Brands and Professor Charles Edel call on audiences to draw on the lessons of the past to address current threats to international order.

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.