There are trends and megatrends in foreign affairs, and globalization – a growing hyper-interconnectedness across borders — falls clearly into the latter category. The cross-border flow of ideas, technology, communication, transportation, capital, jobs, goods, and services is a central reality in the world today – possibly the most important reality. It has been accelerating for… Read more »
Hamilton on Foreign Policy
Not that long ago, the world was ideologically divided between two great powers, the democratic capitalism of the United States and the authoritarian communism of the Soviet Union. The two competed tirelessly, each sure that its system was the best model for the world to follow. Today, by contrast, there is a constantly shifting alignment… Read more »
The dominant question for U.S. foreign policy is what is America’s role in the world? Throughout our history, we have had major debates over this question. It arouses strong feelings across the political spectrum. We argue about when, where and how we should play that role. A quick glance at what American presidents have said… Read more »
Germany towers over Europe, and Europe looks to Germany for leadership. But Germany is a cautious leader, looking to other countries for support. And with Chancellor Angela Merkel stepping down soon, its future role in Europe is uncertain.
For decades America’s ties with Europe have produced tremendous benefits to our own welfare and our position in the world. Europe is our largest trading partner, accounting for about one-fifth of total U.S. trade in goods and services. The U.S.-European economies generate $5 trillion a year in sales and directly employ 9 million people, according… Read more »
Decades of distrust and enmity have defined America’s relationship with Iran, making it one of our most difficult foreign policy challenges.
Recently I met with mid-level military officers from around the world who were visiting the U.S. In that meeting, and in similar meetings with diplomats and foreign ministers, I have been impressed with the focus on a single topic: the competition between the United States and China.
Russia keeps inserting itself into the world’s conflicts, exerting outsized influence in the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere. How much of a threat does it pose to the United States? And what should we do about it? These questions are at the top of our foreign policy agenda.
The war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history, has dragged on for over 17 years. It has claimed thousands of American lives and cost trillions of dollars. And to what result?
Not so long ago, Americans thought of threats to our nation in terms of armies marching across borders, nuclear weapons in the hands of our enemies, missiles aimed at our homeland and 9/11 style terrorist attacks.