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I’ve written before about the Trump administration’s reckless and dangerous assault on America’s diplomatic power. Our diplomats are the lifeblood of extensive international networks that the United States uses to mobilize international support for its foreign-policy goals. In recent history, declining great powers have been able to hold onto outsized leverage via, in part, the accumulated institutional […]
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Trumpian Unpredictability

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On October 7, 2019
Back in 2017, Dani Nedal and I wrote an article about Donald Trump’s claim that “unpredictability” is a good approach to conducting U.S. foreign policy. We looked closely at the logic behind it, and the analogy drawn by some pundits to the Nixon “madman theory” of coercive diplomacy. We found both lacking. Thus, for the United States, unpredictability carries […]
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Over at The Monkey Cage, Henry Farrell and Abe Newman argue that the world is headed away from old-style globalization and toward “fortress economies.” In their view, Trump’s latest threats to increase tariffs, as well as his warnings to American companies to relocate out of China, provide a dramatic example of a general trend. U.S. […]
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This is the grave of Dean Acheson. Born in 1893 in Middletown, Connecticut, Acheson grew up rich. He attended Groton and then Yale and then Harvard Law, where he was blown away by Felix Frankfurter, who became a mentor. He entered the Naval Reserve and then during World War I the Naval Overseas Transportation Service. […]
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