America’s Polarization Is a Foreign Policy Problem, Too

Posted on Thursday November 4 2021

By Stephen M. Walt in Foreign Policy, March 11, 2019

Partisan Politics, one sometimes still hears, are supposed to “stop at the water’s edge.”  Domestic political quarrels might be intense and occasionally personal, but Americans are supposed to temper their disagreements and link arms when dealing with the outside world.

This notion was always a bit of an exaggeration — if not outright myth — even in the heyday of the fabled “Cold War consensus…

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Announcements

Fixing US diplomacy will take more than re-arranging deck chairs – more like a new ship

Posted on Wednesday December 8

By Gordon Adams in Responsible Statecraft, February 25, 2021 President Joe Biden has now stated several times that America is “back at the table” internationally, and will be “leading with diplomacy” in an effort to “earn back our position of trusted leadership.” But our civilian institutions are not ready for the challenge of demilitarizing U.S. foreign […]

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A new world is dawning, and the US will no longer lead it

Posted on Wednesday December 8

By Gordon Adams in The Conversation, June 26, 2018 From pulling out of treaties to denigrating allies to starting trade wars, the impulsive actions of President Donald Trump are upending the international order that has been in place since the end of World War II. But even before Trump’s belligerent foreign policy positions, America had […]

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America’s Polarization Is a Foreign Policy Problem, Too

Posted on Thursday November 4

By Stephen M. Walt in Foreign Policy, March 11, 2019 Partisan Politics, one sometimes still hears, are supposed to “stop at the water’s edge.”  Domestic political quarrels might be intense and occasionally personal, but Americans are supposed to temper their disagreements and link arms when dealing with the outside world. This notion was always a […]

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A 9/11 widower refuses to succumb to hate. Can the country do the same?

Posted on Thursday September 30

By Mitchell Zuckoff, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe, September 4, 2021   I’ve been living with 9/11 since the day itself, when I wrote the lead story about the attacks for this newspaper with help from numerous colleagues. Later, for a book, I spent years listening to, and sometimes crying with, hundreds of survivors, victims’ […]

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Three Articles/Videos by Sean McFate

Posted on Wednesday September 1

Below are links to two articles and one video by Sean McFate, the Forum speaker for September 2021: Shifting the blame: How the Pentagon lost Afghanistan, The Hill, August 17, 2021.  How could Afghan security forces wholesale collapse after $83 billion have been spent to train and equip them?   To find out click here. What […]

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