Author: Dan Nexon

Dan Nexon is an Associate Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His new co-authored book, Exit from Hegemony: the Unravelling of the American Global Order (Oxford University Press), is due out in 2020.
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The Apotheosis of Nixonism

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In democracy
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On February 23, 2020
We really are living through Nixon redux. Except with an idiot playing the part of Nixon and a totally plaint congress. The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than […]
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Another day, another corrupt Trump loyalist gets access to the nation’s most important secrets. President Donald Trump’s new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by […]
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Tom Pepinski, who wrote a terrific post on the banality of life under soft authoritarian regimes, has a new piece entitled “If American Democracy Collapsed, You Almost Certainly Wouldn’t Notice It.” Democracy, in fact, makes it particularly challenging to know if democracy has collapsed. That is because when democracy functions, challenges to it are usually […]
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Bolton’s Account

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In foreign policy , Trump
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On January 26, 2020
The New York Times has acquired a leaked draft of John Bolton’s book. If true – and there’s no reason to believe that the story is wrong or that Bolton is lying about key details – it pretty much confirms what journalists, investigators, and analysts have pieced together. But it does shed some light on […]
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