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The Trade Bone’s Connected to the Yuan Bone …

The Trade Bone’s Connected to the Yuan Bone …

  We have not yet begun to fight! The Trump Administration’s August 5 designation of China as a currency manipulator marks a new crossing of policy lanes in US-China relations.  In the many facets of that relationship and the rising tension between the two, America needs a clear understanding of our objectives and priorities.   Followers of […]

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Politics and Plans for State

Politics and Plans for State

Secretary of State Pompeo’s July 8 announcement of a new Commission on Unalienable Rights, alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Rebuild the State Department, illustrate the domination of foreign policy discourse by politics.  The political process chooses ultimate policymakers, so politics has a proper and large role.  However, foreign policy is what a nation does as a […]

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The Core of American Nationality, the Hole In American Discourse

The Core of American Nationality, the Hole In American Discourse

Think tanks, academics, now even the politicians, often call America a “creedal nation.”  Most bend the idea to serve partisan arguments. But it has an independent meaning which should inform our discourse and underpin foreign policy, and not be used for polarizing politics. The Declaration of Independence’s “self evident” truths inspire the titles of books that […]

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Base of American Identity, Complexities for American Conduct

Base of American Identity, Complexities for American Conduct

What Exactly Does It Stand For? Foreign policy, a nation’s collective conduct, best attains its interests if it correlates means to ends. To make the correlation, even to know its ends, a nation needs to know its identity. Attaining this knowledge raises great complexities. On May 8, a panel at the American Enterprise Institute on […]

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What Future For U.S. Diplomacy?

What Future For U.S. Diplomacy?

On April 18, Foreign Affairs released an article by former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, or “P”, William Burns, on how to save the Department of State.  That evening, the Foreign Policy Association hosted a lecture by his predecessor as “P”, Nicholas Burns entitled “The State of the Department of State.”  The Burnses are unrelated except by […]

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Op-Ed: What Is American Nationalism?

Op-Ed: What Is American Nationalism?

Marking the centennial Armistice Day, Emanuel Macron called nationalism the opposite of patriotism.   Whatever his inspiration, his comment should spur Americans to consider what nationalism means to us. Macron may have been channeling historian Timothy Snyder, in his cite of novelist Danilo Kis: “… nationalism ‘has no universal values, aesthetic or ethical.’”  Snyder quoted […]

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What If NATO Really IS Obsolete?

What If NATO Really IS Obsolete?

President Trump’s pronouncements always generate froth, by his words and in the reporting and recrimination that follows.  But in Brussels, before his Helsinki meeting with Putin, he did, again, call NATO obsolete. Once any President raises it, the question takes on a life of its own.  And if NATO’s value is in doubt, who should be […]

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Trump – Kim Summit or Not: A Tack to Try?

Trump – Kim Summit or Not: A Tack to Try?

Whatever the impact of a new national security team, and whether or not President Trump actually meets with Kim Jong Un in the next few months, the fundamental problems with North Korea remain the same. Former U.S. negotiator Evans Revere notes that we have heard Kim’s line before. Still, the atmospherics around  around the question are […]

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North Korea: Push Comes to Shove

North Korea: Push Comes to Shove

North Korea’s July 4 launch of an ICBM pushes us to a full reckoning with our motives, values, and national existence. In columnist Charles Krauthammer’s words, for “25 years and five administrations, we have kicked the North Korean can down the road. We are now out of road.” North Korea has put enough “facts on […]

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The Department of State’s Listening Survey Calls For A Mission

The Department of State’s Listening Survey Calls For A Mission

The State Department issued the report on an internal “listening survey” on July 5. The report is not public, but reports indicate that its first recommendation is to define a mission for the Department of State. It also addresses a host of other concerns, and current and past State personnel complain that the Department is […]

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US-India Relations: What Do We Want? What Should We Want?

US-India Relations: What Do We Want?  What Should We Want?

In their June 26 meeting President Trump and Prime Minister Modi voiced their mutual admiration as the nations grapple with a complex relationship.

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Trade Policy and Other Goals

Trade Policy and Other Goals

Under the idea to “Make America Great Again” the plan is to extract concessions, country by country, wielding U.S. economic power to reduce trade deficits.

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Diplomacy As A Budget Friendly Program?

Diplomacy As A Budget Friendly Program?

Trump’s proposed budget cuts 28% from the State Department’s funding, reducing foreign aid and de-funding a range of programs.

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A Take on American Nationalism

A Take on American Nationalism

Trump’s election signals a “Jacksonian protest” of nativist sentiment and mistrust of elites—rejecting the liberal order that has kept peace and prosperity.

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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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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 is a current board member and former 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 included political analysis, human rights, trade affairs, and environmental policy, in 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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