Foreign Policy

Biden and Cuba

Bob Kutner, co-founder and editor of the excellent left-wonkish journal The American  Prospect, has long been one of my favorite commentators on economic policy and its politics.  He doesn’t often talk about foreign policy, but in his latest newsletter post ...

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The US and China

In his recent meetings with NATO allies President Biden had some difficulty in convincing them of Washington’s view of the gravity of the China threat. But just what is the China threat?  It’s certainly not military, at least not to ...

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Cold War(s) Redux?

The two major foreign policy challenges facing the Biden administration are Russia and China.  Both of these countries are governed by ugly, brutal regimes, but they are regimes with which the US perforce must deal, while minimizing the risks of ...

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Violence “Erupts” in Jerusalem

Some readers may have noticed that over time my posts on Israel/Palestine have become increasingly infrequent.  That relative quietude reflects not indifference but despair. I’ve come to conclude that this is one of the many instances in which, contra Martin ...

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Foreign Policy Short Takes

American domestic politics have been so preoccupying that it’s a long time since I’ve written anything much about foreign policy. The Biden administration’s most pressing challenges are at home, with COVID relief in the forefront, but issues of foreign policy ...

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Personnel and Policy

“Personnel is policy” is a decent maxim as a guide to indications as to the directions a new administration will take.  A president-elect’s prospective appointees generally have histories and perspectives that are well-known.  Whom he chooses tells us something about ...

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How progressive is realism?

If you need a break from impeachment trial fatigue and are interested in American foreign policy, I have a reading recommendation for you, and you don’t even have to click on a link—it directly follows this paragraph.  It’s a review ...

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What’s with Dershowitz?

Alan Dershowitz had already put himself outside the mainstream of constitutional legal thought with his claim that a president could be impeached only because of criminal or “criminal-like” (whatever that means) behavior.  But that wasn’t enough; in his defense of ...

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More on Iran

Just a short post today to pass on two reading recommendations that put the current crisis with Iran in useful perspective. If you read nothing else on the crisis in the next couple of days, you should take a look ...

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War is Peace

“We took action last night to stop a war.  We did not take action to start a war.”  So said the stable genius who occupies the White House.  His Secretary of State similarly claimed that Americans are safer now, even ...

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