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  • The Sources of Chinese Conduct: A Debate

    More than a half-century ago, George Kennan published an analysis of the sources of Soviet conduct that helped to shape US policy toward Moscow throughout the Cold War.  More recently, the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff – an organization that Kennan founded and led – published an analysis of 21st-century Chinese conduct meant to provide

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  • What Is America’s Purpose?

    As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office, American foreign policy is at a crossroads. Biden has promised America’s allies in Europe and Asia that Washington will be “back” after the Trump era. But can he successfully fulfill his vow at a moment when Russia and China are becoming increasingly assertive? Has the world changed

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  • How Kim Jong-Un Sees a Biden Administration—and How Kim Will Respond

    Election day has come and gone, and now North Korean leader Kim Jong-un knows he will have to deal with Joe Biden in the White House. Kim has gone through a lot over the last four years. He faced off through a period of high tensions with President Donald Trump before meeting in a historic

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  • Supporting the Center for the National Interest: A Letter from Center President Dimitri K. Simes

    Our mission is unique—and we hope you will join it. The Center for the National Interest was founded in 1994 by Richard M. Nixon to be a “different kind of think-tank.” Today, as fashionable demands to remake the world or withdraw from it altogether bookend our foreign policy debates, the Center stands for something else–principled

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  • Views from Abroad: Anticipating US Foreign Policy under Biden

    Much of the post-election talk in Washington foreign policy circles is focusing on the “return to normality” in America’s approach to the world.  How is the world viewing that prospect?  What do experts in China, Russia, Europe, and Israel expect from Biden, and how eager are U.S. partners and competitors for the return of conventionality

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