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Senator Hagel on the EU

Senator Hagel on the EU

Following on former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to serve as President Obama’s third secretary of defense, Foreign Affairs has made available his 2004 essay “A Republican Foreign Policy.” Reading it with the benefit of eight years of hindsight, the essay reveals how Sen. Hagel’s worldview appeals to the Obama Administration. His views on the foundational […]

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Secretary Kerry and the Eurozone

Secretary Kerry and the Eurozone

President Obama’s actual nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to be the next Secretary of State seems certain to succeed where mere discussion of other nominees – U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for State and former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) for Defense – quickly met with serious criticism. In its endorsement of his nomination, The Washington […]

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Chagall and Europe’s 20th Century

Chagall and Europe’s 20th Century

The National Gallery of Art is one of my favorite places in Washington. I didn’t take a single art history class in college, and despite traveling to London, Paris, and Florence as a student I hadn’t retained any substantive knowledge or lasting interest in art until I settled in Washington for graduate school and discovered […]

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Churchill and the “United States of Europe”

Churchill and the “United States of Europe”

The topic of Winston Churchill’s speeches – particularly his postwar speeches – first brings to mind his “iron curtain” speech. During the recent round of discussions over the future of the Euro after the financial crisis, Churchill’s name is occasionally invoked as a one of Europe’s founding statesmen. He was not, like Jean Monnet, an […]

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Progress Towards European Financial Regulation Earns Positive Reviews

Progress Towards European Financial Regulation Earns Positive Reviews

Belatedly and after many recommendations, I went to see Ben Affleck’s Argo recently before heading home for the holidays. True to the reviews, it was smart, suspenseful (particularly since one knew walking in how it all ended) and had its share of dark humor, particularly about the limitation on decision-making within a government bureaucracy and […]

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The Future of the EU: A View from the U.K.

The Future of the EU: A View from the U.K.

  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended the U.K.’s full participation in the EU from the most recent wave of Euroscepticism in a speech at Chatham House late last month. Conceding up front that the European social model needs reform to remain sustainable, an argument echoed by the moderate left in the U.S., Blair […]

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The EU’s Future: A View from Italy

The EU’s Future: A View from Italy

Gianfranco Pasquino, a political scientist, former Italian Senator and faculty member at Johns Hopkins SAIS spoke at a discussion form at SAIS late last week on current attitudes towards the EU in Italy.  In the course of discussing current budget challenges facing several European countries, Professor Pasquino pointed to trends with bearing on the future […]

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Rethinking U.S. Views of the EU

Rethinking U.S. Views of the EU

  Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski has written a new book, “Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power.” In it, Brzezinski examines the challenges most likely to threaten the ability of the U.S. to continue as the leading force in maintaining global stability. The EU comes under specific scrutiny for its inability […]

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No Talk of the EU During the Presidential Debates

No Talk of the EU During the Presidential Debates

New America Foundation President Steve Coll wrote in The New Yorker mid-week about the foreign policy topics overlooked by President Obama and Governor Romney during the final presidential debate. It was valuable to have one debate out of three focused on the U.S. role in the world. It was also inevitable that both candidates still […]

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The National Opinion Ballot Report Through A U.S.-EU Lens

The National Opinion Ballot Report Through A U.S.-EU Lens

The state of the U.S.-EU relationship is not on the list of topics considered in the recent National Opinion Ballot Report, but the responses in it still matter to Europe analysts. Poll answers on the issues of energy politics and the promotion and defense of democracy abroad may contain some insights into the immediate future […]

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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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