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Something To Hope For In An Inauguration Speech?

Something To Hope For In An Inauguration Speech?

What could a passage on foreign policy in President Trump’s inaugural speech look like? We take a stab at it.

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On Foreign Policy, and Fixing Political Dysfunction

On Foreign Policy, and Fixing Political Dysfunction

In foreign policy, a nation acts as a singular entity, with citizens’ identity reflected in its conduct. Today, our discourse projects our political dysfunction.

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See No Evil? Distorted Finance and Economic Risk

See No Evil? Distorted Finance and Economic Risk

The global economy has been leaning on monetary policy—the printing of money by central banks —to avoid decline. But what are the spillover effects?

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Alliances and American Values

Alliances and American Values

Trump is not alone in complaining about alliances. Others, for various reasons, dislike our relationship with Saudi Arabia or arrangements with Pakistan.

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What We Really Need From Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima

What We Really Need From Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima

At Hiroshima, the U.S. should project a tone of deepening conciliation, highlighting that the real cement between us and other nations—in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas—is a culture of freedom.

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Foreign Policy in The Next Term: Finding Public Consensus?

Foreign Policy in The Next Term: Finding Public Consensus?

The only cure for the wariness that defines this year’s election is for Americans to find common ground, not so much among political operatives of left and right, but rather between those who govern and the general population.

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America’s Diplomats: Review by George F. Paik

America’s Diplomats: Review by George F. Paik

Visually and narratively attractive, packed with little-known facts and eye-catching clips, the film paints a faithful portrait of the U.S. Foreign Service while fair-mindedly probing a range of issues.

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Refugees Are The Wrong Target for U.S. Politicians

Refugees Are The Wrong Target for U.S. Politicians

In the wake of the Paris attacks, American politicians of all stripes are rushing to burnish their security credentials. In their proposals they are undermining the one measure that might exhibit America’s basic motives in Syria, while adding nothing to U.S. security

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The NSC and Foreign Policy Management: A Role for Diplomats?

The NSC and Foreign Policy Management: A Role for Diplomats?

Department of State: Role player under NSC or manager of foreign policy?

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U.S. Policy Toward China: New Maps to Navigate Islands and Banks?

U.S. Policy Toward China: New Maps to Navigate Islands and Banks?

Should the U.S. allow geopolitical rivalry to subsume economic matters?

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Brazil’s March Madness Raises Longer Term Questions

Brazil’s March Madness Raises Longer Term Questions

The March anti-corruption protests in Brazil — which focused on a scheme of bid rigging and bribery around Petrobras, the national oil company — occur against a wider backdrop of corruption in Brazilian politics.

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Anti-Jihad as strategy?

Anti-Jihad as strategy?

In the wake of the Paris shootings, Joseph Lieberman and Newt Gingrich voiced a call for war against Islamist radicalism.

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Better Foreign Policy Focus As Aid to Military Effectiveness

Better Foreign Policy Focus As Aid to Military Effectiveness

Ineffectiveness is almost guaranteed if such radical discontinuity in missions, on top of cavalier use of force, remains the norm.

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Trade And Strategic Logic

Trade And Strategic Logic

America’s true strategic logic of trade is to promote development for every possible people and place. In practice, though, the first two of Froman’s three themes compromise that of broad-based development.

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Homegrown Jihadis, Terror, and Modernity

Homegrown Jihadis, Terror, and Modernity

On Nov. 15, ISIS beheaded a fifth western captive, aid worker Peter Kassig, who may have fought his killers and disrupted their filming of the event. The inevitable video features a familiar British-accented voice, of an ISIS member British media refer to as “Jihadi John.”

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About the Author

George Paik
George Paik

George F. Paik is a former political affairs officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, as well as a twenty year veteran of U.S. capital markets. He recently finished a term as chair of the World Affairs Forum (a sister to FPA in the World Affairs Councils of America network) in Stamford, CT. His work as a diplomat straddled the fall of the USSR, and focused on political analysis, human rights, trade affairs, and environmental policy. His postings were in Brazil and Trinidad, and in the Department of State. Financial experience includes stints with Mellon Bank, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. and People’s United Bank. He currently holds the position of Managing Director at Lord Capital, LLC, a firm focused on international trade finance.

Paik graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Social Studies; he also holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He counts ten years playing Rugby, with club mates from countries around the globe, as part of his international experience.

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