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At West Point, Obama Completed His “Pivot” Away from U.S. Unilateralism

At West Point, Obama Completed His “Pivot” Away from U.S. Unilateralism


President Barack Obama’s West Point commencement address last week was not an announcement of a new direction in American foreign policy — it was a defense of the policy path already chosen. The most significant takeaway from the speech — if not its biggest headline …

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Re-Thinking China’s Future

Re-Thinking China’s Future


U.S. defense policy has been appropriately preoccupied with terrorism since 9/11, and in fact since the end of the Cold War. During the same timespan, however, the impact China’s rise has been the most debated geostrategic issue in U.S. security circles. Most agree on the significance of China’s …

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From Beirut to Jerusalem Turns 25

From Beirut to Jerusalem Turns 25

 
The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s landmark book From Beirut to Jerusalem turns 25 this year. It remains a compelling overview of Middle East history for those who are not specialists in the region. Reading it today, Friedman’s description of a region where identities are primarily tribal is informed …

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Europe Keeps “Talking Turkey”; Is Turkey Listening?

Europe Keeps “Talking Turkey”; Is Turkey Listening?

 

The tables have turned in Turkey’s relationship to Europe over the past decade. That is fitting. Both Turkey and Europe have changed dramatically in those ensuing years, both economically and politically. The potential for Turkey’s accession to the European Union (EU) was long seen as a …

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The Pope’s Global ‘Bully Pulpit’

The Pope’s Global ‘Bully Pulpit’


Over a month has passed since the release of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Guadium – the first major ‘apostolic exhortation’ of his papacy. Elected less than a year ago, much has already been written in both Catholic and secular circles about the importance of his …

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Acting Havel

Acting Havel


I recently appeared in a production of Protest. one of the better-known one-act plays written by former Czech President Vaclav Havel. It’s is an hour-long dialogue between two characters. Stanek, an outwardly prosperous writer, is a toer of the communist party line; Vanek, a fellow writer, …

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Surprises in the Kennan Legacy

Surprises in the Kennan Legacy


The cover photo of George Kennan on the paperback edition of  John Lewis Gaddis’ biography shows a man of ease and erudition – an approachable professor. By contrast, the initial hardcover edition shows an expressionless man in hat and overcoat, stoic and still as a bronze …

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Remembering the Monuments Men

Remembering the Monuments Men


An A-list film adaptation of Robert Edsel’s The Monuments Men is slated for a Christmas release. It’s a story ready-made for the screen; an ideal and award-ready prestige picture for the holiday season. I recently read Edsel’s book after hearing the author lecture on his subsequent …

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European Defense: Efficiency, Wealth and Will

European Defense: Efficiency, Wealth and Will

McKinsey and Company recently collaborated with the Munich Security Conference to release a report: The Future of European Defence. It recommends how European Union (EU) nations might improve the cost efficiency of military operations. The report raises, but does not address directly, broader political …

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Germany’s EU

Germany’s EU


The European Coal and Steel Community, the antecedent to today’s European Union (EU), was founded in 1951 to stabilize Europe upon Germany’s resurgence. Skip forward to 2013, and the keys to the EU’s future are in German hands.
Over the past 62 years, “Ever Closer Union” became …

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South Korea’s American Century

South Korea’s American Century


More than any other nation, America helped create today’s Republic of Korea (ROK). A U.S.-led U.N. coalition defended the South following the North’s invasion in June 1950. It negotiated the terms of the armistice signed sixty years ago this month. It defended the ROK as a …

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Can Snowden Stop a Trade Agreement?

Can Snowden Stop a Trade Agreement?


The impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations is broadening in scope. When his initial leaks appeared in late May, they were greeted as a forcing event. Whether one saw Snowden as a patriot or a traitor – he’s certainly a lawbreaker – his revelations appeared to be …

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U.S. Lessons for Europe’s Federalists?

U.S. Lessons for Europe’s Federalists?

In the  July/August 2013 issue of Foreign Affairs, Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels outline a blueprint for moving toward a more federal European Union. Berggruen and Gardels argue that Europe’s economic future depends on a more federal union. Direct election for the EU presidency, reforming the European Parliament, …

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Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice

Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice

 

“Events, dear boy, events.” British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan’s response when asked what he most feared is one of the most popular quotes among foreign policy scholars. How and whether to respond to the ongoing violence in Syria is now the barometer of President Obama’s foreign policy posture. Is it …

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Doubts about Data (and Debt)

Doubts about Data (and Debt)

 

In a 2010 study, Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff identified a 90 percent debt/GDP threshold as a “red line” national economies crossed only at the cost of impeding their growth. That study garnered a great deal of attention among debt hawks. More has been written about …

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About the Author

Michael Crowley
Michael Crowley

Mike Crowley received his MA with distinction from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in American Foreign Policy and European Studies. He's worked at the Center for Strategic International Studies, Akin Gump, and The Pew Charitable Trusts. He's also an acting student at The Studio Theatre and a volunteer at the National Gallery of Art, and he may look for ways to work both into the blog occasionally.

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