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Alex Cooley and I have a new piece in Foreign Policy about “multipolar populism.” Despite important regional, cultural, and political differences, many contemporary populists embrace multipolarity—an international system composed of multiple great powers rather than one or two superpowers. They do so as a rhetorical aspiration, a vision of a global order that privileges national sovereignty […]
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I should probably announce that Exit from Hegemony was officially released on April 1st. The whole thing is somewhat surreal. The current context makes the book incredibly timely. It also makes it kind of awkward to promote the book; most of the talks Alex Cooley and I lined up have been cancelled or tentatively been […]
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Discussions of liberal orientations in U.S. foreign policy often quickly escalate into debates about the use of force, hypocrisy, and the status of “The Liberal International Order.” These are weighty and important issues. To the extent that liberal ordering drives—rather than simply serves as a rationalization for—American military interventions, we’re talking about hundreds of thousands […]
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Scott Gilmore, writing in Maclean’s recommends that American allies use, in effect, targeted sanctions against the President of the United States. These efforts, like the diplomatic strategies before now, will not work. If Trump revokes the tariffs, or begins to support NATO, or returns to the Paris Accord, it will not be because our diplomats became […]
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