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foreign policy


  • A History of Why Trump Abandoned the Kurds

    by Ed Simon

    That the Kurds are associated with socialism, anti-fascism, and radical democracy isn’t incidental to Trump’s abandonment of them – it’s the reason why he has.



  • Russia’s Long and Mostly Unsuccessful History of Election Interference

    by Casey Michel

    Trump’s willingness to allow foreign governments to influence American elections is historically unprecedented. Just how unprecedented becomes clear when you look back at the long history of attempts by foreign powers (almost always Russia) to tip an outcome to their advantage.


  • The Greatest Danger in the Kurdish Crisis

    by Zaman Stanizai

    If the heavy-handedness of the Turkish military is any indication, Erdogan seems to be bent on the ethnic cleansing and relocation of Kurds in northern Syria and resettling their lands along the Turkish border with Arab Syrian refugees currently residing in Turkey.


  • The Middle East: Must We Fight Forever?

    by Harlow Giles Unger

    Almost 235 years have elapsed since John Adams warned against America’s first military involvement in the Arab world. The United States today seems well on the way to fulfilling Adams’s prophecy that we will “fight them forever.”



  • How Fake News Could Lead to Real War

    by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon

    We think of false information as a domestic problem. It’s much more dangerous than that.



  • The Riptide of American Militarism

    by William Astore

    As Americans wrestled with the possibility of finding themselves in a second looming world war, what advice did the CFR have for then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940?


  • Ideologies and U.S. Foreign Policy International History Conference: Day 2 Coverage

    by Miriam Lipton

    What was the global significane of the Civil War? What exactly is the definition of “freedom?” How are Donald Duck, Indiana Jones, and anti-modernizationistsconnected? The second day of the Ideologies and U.S. Foreign Policy International History Conference was highlighted by experts’ bold answers to these ambitious questions.



  • Frantz Fanon and the CIA Man

    by Thomas Meaney

    Based on an encounter with Fanon’s CIA handler, C. Oliver Iselin, Meaney presents the firsthand experience of a mid-level figure in the U.S. security state who participated in the national liberation movements in Africa. 



  • The Cold War's Global Legacy of Misinformation

    by Jennifer M. Miller

    Today's deep apprehension about the consequences of misinformation and foreign subversion can make it easy to forget that such fears are not new.