On October 14 and 15, the Hamilton Lugar School hosted Navigating the Backlash Against Global Law and Institutions, an international conference that seeks to address the “backlash” against global norms, laws, and institutions in the face of nationalism, violence, instrumentalism, and unaccountable actors. Scholars from IU, the University of Maryland, and the Australian National University,… Read more »
Hamilton on Foreign Policy #126: To intervene or not to intervene is Hardest Question
The question of whether to intervene in other countries is among the toughest decisions in American foreign policy, if not the toughest. U.S. presidents wrestle with this question repeatedly: not only whether to intervene, but when and how to do so.
Hamilton on Foreign Policy #125: Progress with Iran Requires Talking
American foreign policy is a complex endeavor. For those of us on the outside, its development and execution are hard to follow and tricky to evaluate, especially since much of our information comes from our government.
Hamilton on Foreign Policy #124: US should seek ‘a small deal’ with North Korea
North Korea, a poor, isolated, unpredictable and nuclear-armed country, presents a perilous foreign policy challenge, but the chances of urgently needed U.S.-North Korean arms control negotiations are currently not encouraging.
Hamilton on Foreign Policy #123: Cybersecurity Requires Action
If you look back through history, it’s interesting to note how the vocabulary of security has changed. Going back millennia, people talked about using sticks and spears to defend themselves. In my lifetime, we’ve had debates over all kinds of guns and munitions, and more recently about missiles, robots and drones.
Hamilton on Foreign Policy #122: The Challenge of the U.S. Relationship with China
When I speak with foreign policy experts in Washington, DC, and elsewhere, the conversation inevitably turns to America’s relationship with China. And this isn’t just a concern for the elites: the question of how to manage the relationship is on the minds of ordinary citizens.
Hamilton on Foreign Policy #121: National Security Threats Require Perseverance
What tools do we have to combat the long list of national security threats facing America? Fortunately, we have many. They include military power, diplomacy and our like-minded partners, public and private, at home and abroad. The daunting challenge is to use them effectively.
Hamilton on Foreign Policy #120: Terrorism and Turmoil Add to National Security Challenges
The 9/11 attacks impressed upon all Americans that terrorism was a threat that we could not ignore. It remains so today. In recent weeks, I have discussed some of the most important challenges to our national security, involving nuclear proliferation, the world economy, energy, cybersecurity and the rise of China. This column concludes the series… Read more »
Hamilton on Foreign Policy #119: The Major Threats to our National Security – Part 2
In a recent column, I discussed three pressing national security concerns: nuclear proliferation, the stability of the world economy and energy sustainability. Today I will examine two equally urgent challenges: the rise of China and the growing risk of cyber attacks. The ascent of China is one of the most phenomenal events of the 21st… Read more »
Hamilton on Foreign Policy #118: The Major Threats to our National Security – Part 1
The question I often put to policymakers with whom I talk is: What are the major threats to our national security today? And I have been impressed, as I’ve kept track of the responses over a period of time, that there is surprising agreement about these threats. There are some differences in how they are… Read more »