I have a confession to make: I was wrong about President Trump’s ambition regarding foreign policy. At the beginning of his presidency, I assumed — sometimes in The Post — that Trump would pursue a modest program in international affairs and focus instead on his larger domestic agenda, much touted during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The past century must take lessons from history with caution because things are different now. A millennium of lessons from the wars and diplomacies of nation-states may, or may not, be relevant in this era when the nation-state is evolving, when technologies have erupted to transform communication and transport, when human capital is orders of magnitude higher. The masses are literate now, for starters. In my mind, these are the tectonic forces, and they are a helpful light on policy debates.
The Monroe Doctrine, which purports to warn other states from interfering in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere, has supposedly remained a basic principle of American foreign policy since the first half of the nineteenth century. From the point when it was issued, its actual relevance has depended on the willingness to enforce it, or whether there was any real threat. President Monroe issued it during a period when all of the major Spanish colonies in the Western Hemisphere were in the process of gaining their independence from Spain.
In researching my article “Donald Trump Vs. Adam Smith,” I came across Michael Dukakis’s speech to Moog Automotive, an auto parts firm near St. Louis. What I found striking is the uncanny resemblance between Dukakis’s and Donald Trump’s views on foreign trade and even on making American great again. Thus the title of this post.
Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice weighs in on the exit of National Security Adviser John Bolton from the Trump administration, saying that in the end, Bolton had to have known he would have to "go" if he and the president weren't on the same page. Rice says "I'm sure he did his best to give the president his unvarnished advice which is what you're supposed to do as national security adviser, but in the final analysis, if the national security adviser and the president are not on the same page, it's not the president who's going to go and I'm sure that John understands that as a long-serving diplomat, long-serving policy expert."
It is common today to speak of a crisis of democracy, but such language underrates the challenge at hand. American democracy faces not one, but three distinct and connected crises. There is an ongoing assault on democratic norms and values, which has led to the coarsening of the U.S. social fabric and the erosion of unspoken, but vitally important, norms that provide the guardrails of self-government.
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday anti-government protests in Hong Kong were “not an internal” Chinese matter and that the United States should offer at least moral support to the demonstrators.
The Advanced Placement program stands as the foremost source of college-level academics for millions of high school students in the US and beyond. More than 22,000 schools now participate in it, across nearly forty subjects, from Latin and art to calculus and computer science. Yet remarkably little has been known about how this nongovernmental program became one of the greatest success stories in K–12 education — until now.
A bipartisan group of congressional staffers took part in the Cyber and Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp last week, bringing industry experts together to explore the ever changing technology landscape and its effect on policy issues.
A new book entitled The Only Plane in the Sky: an Oral History of 9/11 records the firsthand accounts of witnesses to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, including detailed interviews with United States government and military officials who were serving at the time. The book, by former Politico magazine editor Garrett Graff, includes the transcripts of the interviews.
China would be the one sounding the trumpet when the ongoing trade war between the two largest economies ends. While currently there is no end in sight for the escalating tit for tat between China and the United States, Independent Strategy's President and Global Strategic David Roche believed it would work out for the best for the Asian powerhouse.
Consider the 2008–09 financial crisis, the June 2016 Brexit referendum, or recent trade tensions between the US and China. Developments such as these create uncertainty and undermine business confidence, hurting capital investment and growth. Indeed, unresolved trade tensions lowered gross investment in the US manufacturing sector by 4 percent, or $22 billion, in 2018, according to the January 2019 Survey of Business Uncertainty.
“They made the decision we didn’t have to make.” Those are the words of Lt. Col. Marc Sasseville, as recalled 18 years later in a new account of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks from the perspective of decision-makers in Washington, survivors, military service members and the families of those aboard United Flight 93, which was hijacked before passengers fought back and brought the plane down.
Though the uninsured rate fluctuates throughout the year, 2018 saw the first annual increase in the number of uninsured Americans in almost a decade amid Trump administration actions that have destabilized the Affordable Care Act and cut enrollment in safety net programs.
The United States will soon deploy soldiers to Afghanistan born after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Next August will mark the 30th anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, along with the subsequent American-led military buildup leading to Operation Desert Storm in January 1991. The American military has been directly engaged in the “greater Middle East” since. For the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, the experience of war has extended longer, with this December marking the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and next September the same for Iraq’s invasion of Iran.