Author: Dan Nexon

Dan Nexon is a Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. You can read all about the gory details of his academic work at his personal site: http://www.dhnexon.net/
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Illiberal “Soft Power”

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In foreign policy
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On October 22, 2021
It wasn’t that long ago – maybe five or six years – that I last heard someone claim that Russia would never posses real soft power. After all, who could look at Russia’s everyday corruption, its kleptocratic government, its extremely unequal distribution of wealth, and its “resource curse” economy and conclude “I want some of […]
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I am “attending” the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association next week. By “attending” I mean that I am cancelling my tickets and my hotel room and participating online. My only panels that haven’t collapsed are either online or hybrid. On top of that, I’ve spent the last few days sick with something […]
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John Ikenberry is one of the most influential scholars of “liberal international order.” It’s likely that he, along with Dan Deudney, is responsible for popularizing the phrase. John’s most recent book, A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order has reportedly shaped the thinking of the Biden foreign-policy team. In […]

CYA Time

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On August 17, 2021

Scott’s post about the so-called “Afghanistan Papers” provides a good excuse to remind everyone that the recriminations, deflections, and finger-pointing are just getting started. It

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Any Reasonable Viewer

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In fox news
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On August 9, 2021
Reliable sources tell me that a relative, who had never heard of Viktor Orbán before this week. is now convinced that he’s the bee’s knees – and anyone who says different has been brainwashed by George Soros. For some reason, that bit of family news makes me think of this: This “general tenor” of the […]

Welp

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On July 30, 2021

I’m sure many of you have seen this by now, but on Thursday night the Washington Post reported on a leaked CDC document. It paints an even more dire picture than the newly updated guidelines imp

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