Liberalism & the Conduct of American Foreign Policy

By |2021-05-14T12:40:53-05:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Foreign Affairs, Liberalism, Liberty, Politics|

Is it possible to reconcile our commitment to the abstract truth at the heart of American politics—that all men are created equal, and endowed with certain unalienable rights—with prudence and restraint in statecraft on the international stage? In November of 2003—eight months after American forces first put boots on the ground in the Iraq War—President [...]

Was the Postwar U.S. International Order Truly Liberal?

By |2021-04-26T19:52:25-05:00April 25th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Books, Foreign Affairs, History, Liberal, Politics, World War II|

“The False Promise of Liberal Order” and “Tomorrow, the World” provide a useful two-dose vaccine against the now-viral view that something ambitious must be done to repair and revitalize the fraying liberal international order. Both books counsel against doubling down on a postwar order that was more imperial than liberal. The False Promise of Liberal [...]

The End of “The End of History”?

By |2021-02-01T11:35:04-06:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Foreign Affairs, History|

Not only was Francis Fukuyama wrong about China, but it’s beginning to appear that he was wrong about us as well. The obvious fact that China is not becoming more Madisonian is only half of the story. The other half is that the United States is threatening to become less Madisonian and much more like [...]

A Civilizational Foreign Policy

By |2021-01-28T23:43:57-06:00January 31st, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Books, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Western Civilization|

In “The Abandonment of the West,” Michael Kimmage focuses on the role of the West in America’s approach to the world. Beyond his historical argument, he believes that the idea of the West requires rehabilitation as an underlying motif of American foreign policy, both to resist authoritarianism abroad and to foster greater unity domestically. The [...]

Europe Must Not Succumb to the Soros Network

By |2020-11-26T21:58:36-06:00November 29th, 2020|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Viktor Orbán|

Great forces are once again moving to eradicate the nations of Europe and unify the continent under the aegis of a global empire. Today the Soros network, which promotes a global open society and seeks to abolish national frameworks, is the greatest threat faced by the states of the European Union. Many believe that the [...]

Russia, China, & the U.S.: Three Actors, One in Search of a Role

By |2020-10-29T14:22:46-05:00October 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Foreign Affairs, Modernity, Politics, Russia|

Even if we cannot fully grasp the shape of the near-future international order, either because it has yet to crystalize fully or because we lack the historical distance to see it clearly, we can know some things about it: While Russia and China have settled into their roles, the U.S. remains an actor in search [...]

Is War With China Becoming Inevitable?

By |2020-10-13T12:30:03-05:00October 13th, 2020|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Pat Buchanan, War|

Tensions are rising between the U.S. and China, as the list of ideological, political and economic clashes continues to lengthen. And there is a transparent new reality: China seems in no mood to back down. "The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border," Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ominously warned on Friday. [...]

Harry S. Truman and the Legacy of Thomas Jefferson

By |2020-08-03T15:33:10-05:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Declaration of Independence, Foreign Affairs, History, Politics, Senior Contributors, Thomas Jefferson|

Harry S. Truman explicitly tried to tie Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence to the events and crusades of his own day. He saw the Declaration of Independence as an international document, belonging to all peoples yearning for freedom. When the first copy of the first volume of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, edited [...]

American Foreign Policy and the Failure of Reason

By |2020-05-27T01:47:41-05:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Democracy, Foreign Affairs, Government, Politics|

The recent failures of American foreign policy are not simply errors in prudential judgment. There is something deeper bubbling underneath American culture that led our elites to launch misguided military crusades to promote democracy in the Middle East and to engage in other imperial adventures. Writing recently in Spectator USA, the estimable Dan McCarthy pointed [...]

Remembering in Gratitude Those Who Did Their Duty to the Republic

By |2020-05-25T19:22:03-05:00May 24th, 2020|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Memorial Day, Military, W. Winston Elliott III|

Today I honor the men and women of the United States military who have sacrificed their lives while doing their duty to the Republic. For them, and their families, I ask God to bless them and keep them. And for the fallen of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army [...]

The Monroe Doctrine

By |2020-05-18T15:15:33-05:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Europe, Foreign Affairs, History, John Quincy Adams, Senior Contributors|

In his ideas regarding American foreign policy, James Monroe echoed both Washington and Jefferson, yet he had to worry about things neither of them did—in particular, European involvement in the affairs of the republics of the Western Hemisphere. His policy needed to follow the diplomatic thought of the previous administrations while also adapting to quickly [...]

What Will Be the New American Cause?

By |2020-04-21T10:16:59-05:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Pat Buchanan|

If Donald Trump wins the 2020 election, borders will be tightened. The U.S. withdrawal from the Mideast will continue. U.S. manufacturing will begin to be repatriated. Transnational institutions will be downgraded, ignored and superseded. The watchword will be what it has lately been: "America First." After the Great Pandemic has passed and we emerge from [...]

Will COVID-19 Retire the World’s Policeman?

By |2020-04-17T09:39:42-05:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Foreign Affairs, Pat Buchanan|

Will this pandemic prove the decisive factor in America's retreat from global hegemony? For declaring in March that the U.S. economy might be reopened by Easter, President Donald Trump was roundly mocked. Yet, it appears his political instincts were correct. He was more in tune with his country than were his critics. By early Easter [...]

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