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international relations



  • The forgotten alliance between Black activists and China

    by Chang Che

    Black activists have long leveraged American desires for international legitimacy to forge antiracist alliances with China. Today, the Black Lives Matter movement has received support from Beijing, but must consider the costs of an alliance with a regime with its own human rights issues. 



  • How the US Government Sold the Peace Corps to the American Public

    by Wendy Melillo

    Given the growing counterculture movement in the early 1960s, the government feared that few young Americans would be motivated to join the Peace Corps by a message that they’d be volunteering to help to fight communism. 



  • Yes, America Is in a Cold War With China

    "For too long the U.S. has looked the other way as the Chinese Communist Party has waged a new cold war against the American order," writes Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher.



  • The Damage Trump Has Done This Week Extends Far Beyond America’s Borders

    by Mary L. Dudziak

    Concern that Orval Faubus's defiant stand for school segregation in Arkansas would sully America's reputation abroad pushed Dwight Eisenower to deploy the National Guard in the interest of both racial justice and American leadership. Calls to deploy the military today must consider this context.



  • The ‘Liberal World Order’ Was Built With Blood

    by Vincent Bevins

    American politicians, pundits and citizens need to understand that the history of American influence in the world has included violent subversion of democracy in the name of American interests.



  • The Myth of Henry Kissinger

    by Thomas Meaney

    Barry Gewen's new biography of the American national security figure argues that Kissinger's perspective was shaped by stories older German emigres told him about the end of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazism. 


  • The Real Thucydides Trap

    by Waller R. Newell

    Classical histories are in vogue as explanations for the Coronavirus-fueled tensions between the United States and China. A political science scholar argues that an influential theory gets Thucydides backwards.


  • How Will History Judge Trump’s Foreign Policy?

    by Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    Our 46th president, whenever he or she arrives, will confront a changed world, partly because of COVID, but also because of the effects of Trump’s personality and policies.



  • Coronavirus Shows the Perils and Promise of Globalization

    by Samuel Zipp

    During the first age of “America First” in the 1940s, Wendell Wilkie's campaign challenged Americans to confront a discomfiting idea: Our lives depend on the well-being of many millions across the world.