Foreign Affairs

Articles from Vol. 98, No. 1, January/February

A Foreign Policy for All: Strengthening Democracy-At Home and Abroad
Around the world, democracy is under assault. Authoritarian governments are gaining power, and right-wing demagogues are gaining strength. Movements toward openness and pluralism have stalled. Inequality is growing, transforming rule by the people into...
America's Long Goodbye: The Real Crisis of the Trump Era
In the end, 2018 was not the year of U.S. foreign policy apocalypse. Normally, this would not be a cause for celebration. But given the anxiety about President Donald Trump and what his administration might do-pull out of nato, start a war with Iran...
America's Middle East Purgatory: The Case for Doing Less
When U.S. President Donald Trump talks about the Middle East, he typically pairs bellicose threats against Iran and the Islamic State (or isis) with fulsome pledges of support for the United States' regional partners, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia....
A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-Sung, and Sino–North Korean Relations, 1949–1976/mao and the Sino-Soviet Split, 1959–1973: A New History
Asia and Pacific A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim El-sung, and Sino-North Korean Relations, 1949-1976 BY ZHIHUA SHEN AND YAFENG XIA. Columbia University Press, 2018, 376 pp.Mao and the Sino-Soviet Split, 1959-1973: A New History BY DANHUI...
Chaos in the Liberal Order: The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the Twenty-First Century
Chaos in the Liberal Order: The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the Twenty-first Century EDITED BY ROBERT JERVIS, FRANCIS J. GAVIN, JOSHUA ROVNER, AND DIANE LABROSSE. Columbia University Press, 2018, 448 pp.This sprawling set of 32 short...
Deepfakes and the New Disinformation War: The Coming Age of Post-Truth Geopolitics
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but there is nothing that persuades quite like an audio or video recording of an event. At a time when partisans can barely agree on facts, such persuasiveness might seem as if it could bring a welcome clarity....
Detain and Punish: Haitian Refugees and the Rise of the World's Largest Immigration Detention System/Immigration Policy in the Age of Punishment: Detention, Deportation, and Border Control
Detain and Punish: Haitian Refugees and the Rise of the World's Largest Immigration Detention System BY CARL LINDSKOOG. University of Florida Press, 2018, 220 pp.Immigration Policy in the Age of Punishment: Detention, Deportation, and Border Control...
Haig's Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany's War on the Western Front
Military, Scientific, and Technological Haig's Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany's War on the Western Front BY JONATHAN BOFF. Oxford University Press, 2018, 400 pp.The First Soldier: Hitler as Military Leader BY STEPHEN G. FRITZ. Yale University...
How a World Order Ends: And What Comes in Its Wake
A stable world order is a rare thing. When one does arise, it tends to come after a great convulsion that creates both the conditions and the desire for something new. It requires a stable distribution of power and broad acceptance of the rules that...
How Congress Can Take Back Foreign Policy: A Playbook for Capitol Hill
On January 3, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump will face a new reality: a chamber of Congress controlled by the opposition party. Confronting a hostile Democratic House of Representatives will be a rude awakening for a president who chafes at any limits...
Life after Liberation: The Long Shadow of Eastern Europe's Communist Past
Life After Liberation: The Long Shadow of Eastern Europe's Communist Past Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny BY WITOLD SZABLOWSKI. TRANSLATED BY ANTONIA LLOYDJONES. Penguin Books, 2018, 256 pp.Welcome to the Wild East....
More, Less, or Different? Where U.S. Foreign Policy Should-And Shouldn't-Go from Here
More, Less, or Different? Where U.S. Foreign Policy Should-and Shouldn't-Go From Here The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy BY STEPHEN M. WALT. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018, 400 pp.The Great Delusion:...
Plugging in the British: Completing the Circuit
Western Europe Plugging In the British: Completing the Circuit BY SOPHIA BESCH, IAN BOND, AND CAMINO MORTERA-MARTINEZ. Centre for European Reform, 2018, 98 pp.Brexit has proved surprisingly difficult to implement, not just in economic affairs, where...
Snake-Oil Economics: The Bad Math Behind Trump's Policies
Snake-Oil Economics: The Bad Math Behind Trump's PoliciesSnake-Oil The Bad Math Behind Trump's Policies Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy BY STEPHEN MOORE AND ARTHUR B. LAFFER. All Points Books, 2018, 287 pp.When economists...
The Age of Uneasy Peace: Chinese Power in a Divided World
In early October 2018, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a searing speech at a Washington think tank, enumerating a long list of reproaches against China. From territorial disputes in the South China Sea to alleged Chinese meddling in U.S. elections,...
The Crisis of Peacekeeping: Why the UN Can't End Wars
In nearly 50 conflict zones around the world, some one and a half billion people live under the threat of violence. In many of these places, the primary enforcers of order are not police officers or government soldiers but the blue-helmeted troops of...
The Eroding Balance of Terror: The Decline of Deterrence
Thus far the chief purpose of our military establishment has been to win wars," the American nuclear strategist Bernard Brodie wrote in 1946. "From now on its chief purpose must be to avert them." Brodie's injunction summed up the grim lesson of the...
The Fourth Founding: The United States and the Liberal Order
he United States began as a radical experiment with grandiose ambitions. Its founders believed in Locke's idea that free individuals could escape the perils of anarchy by joining together and cooperating for mutual benefit-and they created a country...
The Free-Trade Paradox: The Bad Politics of a Good Idea
We must always take heed that we buy no more of strangers than we sell them, for so we should impoverish ourselves and enrich them." Those words, written in 1549 and attributed to the English diplomat Sir Thomas Smith, are one of the earliest known expressions...
The Stealth Superpower: How China Hid Its Global Ambitions
China will not, repeat, not repeat the old practice of a strong country seeking hegemony," Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, said last September. It was a message that Chinese officials have been pushing ever since their country's spectacular rise began....
The Unhackable Election: What It Takes to Defend Democracy
Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2014 marked a sharp break with the past: the post-Cold War interlude, a time when peace and democracy spread across the globe, was over, and a new, more aggressive era, had begun. Since then, Western governments have had...
Trump versus the Government: Can America Get Its Story Straight?
As he reaches the halfway mark of his first term, President Donald Trump is finding the vast U.S. government to be both an instrument of and a frequent barrier to the implementation of policies that he desires. Reflecting on his frustrations, he might...
Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945–1975/road to Disaster: A New History of America's Descent into Vietnam
Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 BY MAX HASTINGS. Harper, 2018, 896 pp.Road to Disaster: A New History of America's Descent Into Vietnam BY BRIAN VanDeMARK. Custom House, 2018, 656 pp.These two books take on a familiar topic but manage to be original...
When Empires End: The Last Days of British India
When Empires End: The Last Days of British India The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire BY DEBORAH BAKER. Graywolf Press, 2018, 352 pp.The pupils of Miss Higgins' School in Calcutta had lined up neatly for the photograph, the girls' shoulders...
Who Will Run the World?
Two decades ago, the U.S.sponsored liberal international order seemed to be going from strength to strength. Now, both order and sponsor are in crisis, and the future is up for grabs. There are many elements of the story-military and economic blunders,...
Would China Go Nuclear?
To the Editor:I read with interest Caitlin Talmadge's article "Beijing's Nuclear Option" (November/December 2018), in which she quotes me estimating in 2015 that the odds of a U.S.-Chinese nuclear exchange were "somewhere between nil and zero." She then...
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