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TOPSHOT - Visitor looks the names on the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, May 28, 2017. 
Motorcyclists are in Washington for the traditional annual Rolling Thunder ahead of Memorial Day, May 29. / AFP PHOTO / Jose Luis Magana        (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Great Powers Are Defined by Their Great Wars

Even the most rational leaders are influenced by the power of collective memory.

President Barack Obama addresses American University's School of International Service in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The speech focused on the Iran nuclear deal being debated in Congress. American University was chosen as the venue by the White House because it is where President Kennedy made his famous 1963 speech on nuclear disarmament. President Obama's Iran Deal speech at AU falls on the 52nd anniversary of the signing of the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg/Pool

Don’t Knock Offshore Balancing Until You’ve Tried It

Whatever you want to call the Obama foreign policy, it has not been a calculated attempt to contain the rise of hegemonic threats.

FORT WORTH, TX - FEBRUARY 26:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center on February 26, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. Trump is campaigning in Texas, days ahead of the Super Tuesday primary.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Choose Your Own Adventure: The Future of the World

It’s not just the U.S. presidential platforms that will shape global politics in the years ahead -- it’s Americans’ theories of how the world works.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California on June 2, 2016. 
Protesters who oppose Donald Trump scuffled with his supporters on June 2 as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee held a rally in California, with fistfights erupting and one supporter hit with an egg. / AFP / JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is a Magical (Foreign Policy) Realist

The Republican presidential nominee is a fan of military interventions — as long as they don’t cost anything.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 07: President Barack Obama (2nd-L) listens to a question from an attendee at the University of Chicago Law School April 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama addressed his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as he hopes members of the Republican party will give Garland a hearing and a vote in Washington. (Photo by )

The Realist Playbook Is Perfect, Except for One Thing. Reality.

Michael Mandelbaum’s latest tome of hardball IR theory is stuck in Westphalia. Realist or not, President Obama isn't buying it.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 30:  U.S. President Barack Obama listens as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House on March 30, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by )

Obama Was Not a Realist President

If he had been, he might have avoided some of his biggest foreign-policy mistakes.

DE PERE, WI - MARCH 30: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks out and waves to speak during a campaign event at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI on Wednesday March 30, 2016. (Photo by )

No, @realDonaldTrump Is Not a Realist

When it comes to geopolitics, the Donald’s worldview is fantasy and folly — not realism.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 27:  U.S. President Barack Obama works behind his desk in the Oval Office January 27, 2014 at the White House in Washington, DC. President Obama will give his State of the Union address when speak to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol tomorrow night.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Irony of Obamian History

The president loves Reinhold Niebuhr. That’s not a doctrine; that’s a problem.

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Farewell to Arms

Has American fiction lost its political edge?

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