International Relations

The Ratification of the Treaty of Münster, 15 May 1648. (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam via Wikimedia Commons)

Edgar on Strategy (Part X): Build your approach on the understanding that the global state system is here to stay

While some arguments for the decline of the state are insightful and important, none of them have stuck.

US President Donald Trump (C) greets Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) during a luncheon at the United Nations headquarters during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly September 19, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fatal Flaw in Trump’s U.N. Speech Could Be Disastrous for American Power

Urging states to act uncompromisingly in their self-interest is actually not in America’s national interest. 

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Donald Trump Has Made America a Back-Row Kid

The days of other countries looking to the United States for leadership are coming to an end.

US President Donald Trump looks on upon his arrival at EU headquarters ahead of a meeting with European Council President, as part of the NATO meeting, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Can U.S. Internationalism Survive Trump?

American internationalism is not dead yet, but that it faces serious longterm maladies.

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Marine Le Pen’s Bait-and-Switch Foreign Policy

The far-right leader is using traditional language to mask her ideas for a radical shift in France's role in the world.

BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 25:  Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) accompanies Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) to view an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People on June 25, 2016 in Beijing, China. At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin is in China to discuss more economic and military cooperation between the two countries. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Backing Into World War III

America must check the assertive, rising powers of Russia and China before it’s too late. Accepting spheres of influence is a recipe for disaster.

The United Nations headquarters in New York is shown in this photo taken 12 August 2003.       AFP PHOTO DON EMMERT  (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

13 International Relations Buzzwords That Need to Get Taken to the Woodshed

From “smart power” to “surgical strike,” the world would be a better place if these phrases were never said again.

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order to start the Mexico border wall project at the Department of Homeland Security facility in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Defending Vital U.S. Interests: Policy Prescriptions for Trump

Here's what the Trump administration should do to keep the country safe and prosperous.

US Vice President Joe Biden gestures during his speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 20, 2016..
Rising risks to the global economy and a string of jihadist attacks around the world overshadowed the opening of an annual meeting of the rich and powerful in the snow-blanketed Swiss ski resort. Even as heads of state, billionaires and Hollywood megastar Leonardo DiCaprio were arriving, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sounded the alarm about perils in the major emerging market economies and lowered its outlook for global economic growth this year.
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Davos Diary 2: Say It Ain’t So, Joe

As Biden delivers his valedictory address at the World Economic Forum, we wonder what might have been.

TOPSHOT - US President Barack Obama (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk before an economic leaders meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit at the Lima Convention Centre on November 20, 2016 in Lima.
Asia-Pacific leaders are expected to send a strong message in defense of free trade as they wrap up a summit that has been overshadowed by US President-elect Donald Trump's protectionism. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Russian Question

Moscow may no longer be a superpower, but its revanchist politics are unsettling the international order. How should Donald Trump deal with Vladimir Putin?

Members of Burundi's National Assembly raise their arm to vote on October 12, 2016 in Bujumbura, for the withdrawal of the International Criminal Court (ICC) from the capital, after the UN began an enquiry into human rights abuses in the turbulent nation.
The draft law was passed with 94 votes in favour, two against and 14 abstentions. It will next go to the Senate -- also dominated by the ruling party -- before being approved by President Pierre Nkurunziza. In April, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she was conducting a "preliminary examination" of the situation in Burundi -- the first step towards a full investigation and possible prosecutions -- looking into allegations including murder, torture, rape and forced disappearances. / AFP / ONESPHORE NIBIGIRA        (Photo credit should read ONESPHORE NIBIGIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the International Criminal Court Crumbling Before Our Eyes?

With three African countries giving notice that they intend to abandon the ICC, a coordinated exodus might soon be coming.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waits to speak at the World Bank May 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. Clinton and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim joined others to speak about women's rights. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Are We So Sure Hillary Will Be a Hawk?

It’s been widely speculated that if elected president, the former secretary of state will pursue more muscle-bound, interventionist policies than her predecessors. Except maybe she won’t.

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