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Historical Legacy
Seven Theses on the Marshall Plan

70 years after its implementation, the Marshall Plan continues to be held up as the gold standard of American foreign policy and mined for contemporary relevance. Why did it succeed?

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Order and Disorder
Greater Disorder Does Not Imply Greater Insecurity

By most measures of national security, the world is getting safer. So why do we feel so insecure?

A World on Fire
What Is America’s Role in the World?

A crisis-driven foreign policy will inevitably succumb to disorientation and exhaustion. The United States needs a serious discussion about its role in the world—one that matches objectives and means.

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Global Futures
Uncharted Territory

A century after World War I’s beginning, many observers wonder whether the U.S. and China are headed down a similar path to great-power war. While we must weigh that prospect seriously, we should not neglect more likely risks to global order.

Power Meters
A Case of Terminal Decline?

Americans’ outdated conception of power could undermine U.S. foreign policy.

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Strategy & Policy
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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