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Strategy & Policy
Strategy & Policy
The Global Vote of No Confidence in Pax Americana

Defense spending is up around the world. It’s a sign that the most successful strategy of modern times is unraveling.

Strategy & Policy
The Open Ukrainian Society and Its Enemies

Before the West can develop a Ukraine policy, it must have a Ukraine strategy. Achieving what we want and need in Ukraine, thwarting Russia’s revisionist program and resuming progress toward a safer and more democratic world system, will take not just a concerted effort, but also a smart one.

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Europe’s Moment of Blinding Strategic Clarity

European leaders are finally beginning to admit to themselves that Putin’s goal is to decompose NATO and alter Europe’s normative framework. But will they do anything about it?

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A Weinberger Doctrine for Crisis Management

The United States cannot pursue a strategic foreign policy if each new crisis prompts it to rebalance to one flashpoint or another. It needs to identify a set of stable priorities, which is difficult if not impossible when one is in permanent crisis-management mode.

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A Conversation with Robert Kagan

During the recent conference on democracy promotion put together by The American Interest and Freedom House, Walter Russell Mead sat down with Robert Kagan to discuss grand strategy in the age of Obama. Below is a lightly edited transcript of their conversation.

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WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.

Infowar

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.

Recessional

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

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