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On Wednesday, I participated in a Quincy Institute virtual roundtable on “The Summit for Democracy” It was a bit odd. I’m pretty sure that I was supposed to play “liberal internationalist with progressive characteristics” and defend the summit, but my assessment runs more along the lines of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. instead, I previewed some lines of argument […]
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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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Who Are The Blob?

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In afghanistan , foreign policy
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On September 3, 2021
Ending the war in Afghanistan brought out opposition that has been labeled “the Blob.” But who are the Blob? The commonality among those being labeled the Blob seems to be that they want the war to continue. Many of them deny that but present arguments that a “small” military presence might be maintained. Most argue […]

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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The Taliban have apparently now entered Kabul. We can hope for the best, but it seems more likely than not that we are looking at a humanitarian crisis across multiple dimensions: atrocities committed by the Taliban, internal displacement, and a fresh wave of refugees. All bets are off for the U.S. embassy. The Taliban are […]
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