Events

  • 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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  • 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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  • Are We Blaming Others for America’s Self-Generated Problems?

    It seems that the number of American fingers pointing abroad to explain developments at home is large and growing.  For many, Trump’s 2016 presidential victory was the product of Russian thumbs on our electoral scales.  Others blame job losses in the US heartland on predatory Chinese mercantilism and unfair labor practices.  Even the COVID-19 pandemic

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