Idealpolitik vs. Realpolitik
The Foreign Policy Debate We Need

How to temper idealism with the demands of responsible statecraft—without abandoning our commitment to democracy and human rights? This is the question facing America’s foreign policy hands as they look beyond the Trump presidency.

No Reset
The Unquiet American

Michael McFaul’s memoir throws into sharp relief the failures of America’s Russia policy.

What Ukraine Means
Russia’s Aggressive Isolationism

Putin is leveraging foreign policy for domestic purposes, a flip made possible by a globalized world.

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Aftermath
Europe’s Tea Party Moment

Anti-EU parties staged their strongest showing ever in Europe’s elections last weekend. Is this the beginning of the end for the European project?

Europe’s Democracy Paradox

Europe's crisis was set in motion by five revolutions in human affairs.

A Retired Power

As it stands now, Europe has lost its self-confidence, its energy and its hopes that the next century will be the “European century.” From Beijing to Washington—and even in Brussels it-self—the Old Continent is widely viewed as a spent geopolitical force, as a great place to live but not a great place to dream.

Russia and the European Order

An authoritarian Russia and a still-evolving EU federal democracy bring out the worst in each other.

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