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May/June 2014

This issue of World Affairs, like US foreign policy itself, stands in the shadow of the Russian bear now squatting ominously in Crimea and looking out hungrily at the rest of Ukraine and, more distantly, at NATO members Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and other of its onetime habitats in Moldova and elsewhere in its near abroad. ... Read More

Symposium - America’s Purpose and Role in a Changed World

The lessons of the last ten years are quite simple: Even a major superpower has to base its policies on a broader alliance, not just for military purposes but also for political and moral ones.
The United States likes to think of itself as a reluctant warrior, but recent history has plenty of examples of why American leaders should pursue a more forceful and vigilant foreign policy.
Those worried about the apparent decline of the US as a superpower and a force for good in the world seem not to notice that the American Empire is alive and well—and not always benign.
One important question Americans face today is whether the retrenchment of President Obama’s foreign policy is a traditional correction after years of maximalism or something less healthy.
What’s next for US foreign policy? Recalibration or retreat? Adjustment or withdrawal? All tough tasks, even in good times; harder still if the world thinks we’re not even up for the fight.
America’s image has suffered, but it still represents opportunity to many overseas. No other country is as attractive to migrants, and the US should work to maintain that reputation.
How do young Americans, some of whom will one day be foreign policy leaders, see the world and the US role in it? Much of it has to do with a deep sense of America’s limitations abroad.

The Uncertainty of Freedom

Questions about law and freedom have haunted societies for centuries, and as past thinkers have concluded, self-limitation seems to be essential to living in a world that prizes both.

Al-Qaeda Is Hardly Dead

The Obama administration has made much of the demise of al-Qaeda in recent years, but Osama bin Laden’s network is remarkably resilient—and remains a deadly threat.

Hollande the Hawk?

Despite his domestic troubles, President Hollande of France has built upon the robust foreign policy of his predecessor and even been a more committed global leader than Washington at times.

Will Elections Undo Erdogan?

With his foreign policy in tatters and his domestic popularity weakened by corruption charges and attacks on critics, Prime Minister Erdogan could be headed for a major setback.