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Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks on stage during a public discussion at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on February 17.

Did John Bolton Transform U.S. Foreign Policy or Enable Trump’s Transgressions?

The controversial former national security advisor left his mark in Washington—especially on nuclear arms deals and Iran.

U.S. Park Police stand watch inside Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington, DC on June 1 as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd.

Will U.S. Protests and Crackdowns Damage America’s Global Image?

Trump’s reaction to Black Lives Matter protests caused a civil-military crisis at home. Will it harm U.S. soft power abroad?

Protesters attend a rally in a shopping mall on May 28 in Hong Kong.

Should the United States Punish China for Aggression Toward India and Hong Kong?

As Beijing flexes its muscle from Hong Kong to Ladakh, the U.S. government must decide how to respond.

President Nicolás Maduro talks during a press conference at Miraflores Government Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 12.

Is the U.S. Government Back in the Business of Regime Change?

What does a botched coup in Venezuela mean for Trump, and is Putin’s coronavirus response a failure?

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting in Hanoi on Feb. 27, 2019.

What Would North Korea’s Collapse Mean for U.S. Security?

The end of Kim Jong Un’s rule could have major consequences for U.S. foreign policy—and pandemics don’t necessarily promote peace.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in the White House Rose Garden on April 15.

Will Trump’s Decision to Cut WHO Funding Accomplish Anything?

The coronavirus pandemic is threatening international institutions, the European Union, and military readiness while shattering economic policy orthodoxies.

A picture taken on March 30 in Belgrade shows a billboard bearing Chinese President Xi Jinping's face looking down over a boulevard next to the words "Thank you brother Xi," a message paid for by a pro-government tabloid.

Will Trump’s Pandemic Response Help or Harm U.S. Power?

Russia and China are stepping in while the United States and Europe fumble.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus outbreak  at the White House on March 17.

How Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Reshape the U.S. Election?

A major outbreak and looming recession in the United States has transformed the 2020 campaign—and could have major consequences for the future of great power politics.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders during the debate in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 25.

What Does Super Tuesday Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?

Either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders will face Donald Trump in November. Here's how their views of U.S. power could reshape the world.

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