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UN Reform by the Numbers

UN Reform by the Numbers

For the UN to reflect today’s world accurately, it must reform both the Security Council and national contributions to the UN budget.

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Can the Mujahidin Teach Us About ISIS?

Can the Mujahidin Teach Us About ISIS?

History never repeats; but it rhymes, and it often echoes. What can Robert Kaplan’s study of the mujahidin teach us about ISIS?

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Brexit’s Varied Lessons

Brexit’s Varied Lessons

Enough time has passed since Britain’s vote to leave the EU for the political consequences to be felt, and for analysts to register their post-mortems.

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A Founding Father Looks at Brexit

A Founding Father Looks at Brexit

What would Alexander Hamilton have to say about Brexit?

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Obama’s Post-Presidential Foreign Policy

Obama’s Post-Presidential Foreign Policy

In an April 2015 Gallup poll, President Obama’s administration won the highest approval rating of any world leader among non-U.S. citizens.

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The Soft Power of Francis’ Geopolitical Papacy

The Soft Power of Francis’ Geopolitical Papacy

He is outspoken on migration and refugee issues, was involved in brokering an upgrade in U.S.-Cuban relations and takes part in debates on hot-button topics from income inequality to climate change. Francis’ view of the papacy is clearly geopolitical.

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Redefining Europe

Redefining Europe

How does Europe need to be “redefined”?

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Obama’s Foreign Policy “Bully Pulpit”

Obama’s Foreign Policy “Bully Pulpit”

Obama has used the bully pulpit domestically, and there’s a good chance he’ll take it abroad.

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Three Ways Lawrence of Arabia Still Captures the Middle East

Three Ways Lawrence of Arabia Still Captures the Middle East

Beyond its value to film history and in spite of its Hollywood embellishments, “Lawrence” still speaks truths about the West’s relationship to the Middle East.

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The Case for Regional AUMFs

The Case for Regional AUMFs

A “regional AUMF” would codify the long-standing practice of executive “doctrines” governing U.S. policy towards particular regions.

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Defending Europe

Defending Europe

While there are strong arguments in the EU’s defense, the EU remains unready – and according to some poll data, unwilling – to defend itself.

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The Value of Talking Hamlet in Tehran

The Value of Talking Hamlet in Tehran

Why an Iranian Shakespeare Congress? And why now?

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At Budget Hearings, Kerry and Congress Talk Strategy

At Budget Hearings, Kerry and Congress Talk Strategy

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and House Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the FY2016 Foreign Affairs Budget. That budget, while comprising only 1 percent of overall federal spending, reflects the regional and topical complexity of U.S. policy abroad.

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Mesopotamia at Versailles

Mesopotamia at Versailles

This year, the centenary of the start of World War I, has seen reexaminations of its immediate causes. Reexamination of the historic peace attempted at its conclusion, however, is even more relevant to the current crises in foreign policy.

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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 — was the …

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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 in 2003 and his MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre Company/George Washington University in 2016. He has worked at the Center for Strategic International Studies, Akin Gump, and The Pew Charitable Trusts. He's an actor working in Washington, DC and a volunteer at the National Gallery of Art, and he looks for ways to work both into his blog occasionally.

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