International Relations

Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, U.S. President Harry Truman, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the conference to negotiate the future of Europe after World War II in Potsdam, Germany on July 23, 1945. (AFP/Getty Images)

Why I Didn’t Sign Up to Defend the International Order

The world needs new institutions for a new era—and nostalgia for a past that never existed won't help.

Red balloons in the shape of a heart that read: "Free Deniz" in reference to Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish journalist imprisoned in Turkey. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Turkey’s New Foreign Policy Is Hostage-Taking

The West knows what Ankara is up to, but won’t call it by its name.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster delivers a speech at the  Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17, in Munich, Germany. (Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

At the Munich Security Conference, the United States Lacked Bravery and Leadership

The Trump administration looked small and inconsequential on the international stage.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission delivers a speech at the 2018 Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17, in Munich, Germany. (Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Spy Chiefs Descend on Munich Confab in Record Numbers

An annual security gathering in Munich has become the new hot spot for top intelligence officials meeting in the shadows of a public event.

Henry Kissinger with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on October 10, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough

The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough.

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The Best International Relations Schools in the World

The latest ranking of the top 50 IR programs for undergraduates, master's, and Ph.D.s.

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America’s IR Schools Are Broken

There’s a lot of innovation on the surface, but the rot runs deep. Here’s how to fix it.

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It’s Never Been a Better Time to Study IR

Donald Trump has changed the world — and some people will understand it better than others.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid tear gas smoke during a protest at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Sanctions Abet Iranian Internet Censorship

If the United States wants to stand behind the next #IranProtests, it should liberalize rules that impede access to cutting-edge tools against repression.

U.S. President Donald Trump with other world leaders on the first day of the G-20 economic summit on July 7 in Hamburg, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Who’s Afraid of a Balance of Power?

The United States is ignoring the most basic principle of international relations, to its own detriment.

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.

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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.

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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.

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