“Trump is heading into his second year in office with little to show in terms of legislative victories—and few reasons to believe his agenda will fare any better in the future,” writes George Washington University Professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Sarah Binder in a prereleased essay from the January/February Foreign Affairs.
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This week, as the United Nations convened climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, President Donald J. Trump’s envoys hosted an event promoting fossil fuels. Lost in the ensuing furor among the representatives gathered in Bonn was the U.S. delegation’s support of nuclear power. Council on Foreign Relations Fellow Varun Sivaram and Research Associate Madison Freeman argue in Foreign Affairs that “the administration should withdraw its botched proposal to subsidize both coal and nuclear and instead pursue a thoughtful strategy to foster a domestic nuclear renaissance.”
In his visit to Beijing this week, President Donald J. Trump is meeting his counterpart, Xi Jinping, “at the apex of his own political power and contemplating a status quo in Asia increasingly tilted in China’s favor,” writes Yale Law School’s Mira Rapp-Hooper in Foreign Affairs. “Since last November, China has succeeded in appearing to more and more of Asia as the steady, stable great power alongside an unpredictable and undependable United States.”
“Every year, some $455 billion of the world’s health care spending is lost to fraud,” write Harvard Medical School’s John G. Meara, Salim Afshar, Alex Peters, and Brian M. Till in Foreign Affairs. However, they argue, blockchain technology—which underpins Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies—could cut waste, reduce fraud, and bring better care to billions by “allowing donors to track money, goods, and treatment in real time.”
President Xi Jinping’s major victory at the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 19th National Congress has begun a new era in Chinese politics, argues Claremont McKenna Professor Minxin Pei for Foreign Affairs. “As a result, Xi’s rule is now set to last for the next 15 years and perhaps beyond.”
International Instability Spawning More Homegrown and Lone-Wolf Terrorists, Warns Lisa Monaco in Foreign Affairs
“To date, the United States’ strategy has succeeded in preventing another 9/11-type attack, largely because it built a net designed to do just that. But for the next phase in the war on terrorism, the country will need a new net,” observes Lisa Monaco in the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs.
The liberation of the Iraqi city of Mosul in July was cause for celebration, but it would be a mistake for the United States to declare “mission accomplished” and exit Iraq, warns Yale University’s Emma Sky in the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs.
“As Washington obsesses over soap operas and scandals, the actual work of maintaining global order continues under the radar,” observes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs. “The result is a national security discourse that looks like a mullet: business at the front, party in the back.”
Foreign Affairs Live Presents The Widening Gulf: Examining the Saudi-Iran Confrontation in the Trump Era
How will the longstanding confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran evolve during the Trump administration? Foreign Affairs is partnering with the International Crisis Group and the Arabia Foundation for a half-day conference to examine the challenges of promoting a stable regional order.
Writing for the current issue of Foreign Affairs, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove argues that, “Australia must try to shape its environment, and contribute to Asia’s security and prosperity, at a time when it is less able to rely on its great and powerful friend,” the United States.
“Much of the current brouhaha over North Korean weapons development is overdone. The geopolitical situation on the Korean Peninsula has been frozen in place for more than half a century and shows no signs of thawing soon,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the new Foreign Affairs collection “North Korea and the Bomb.” “So why is everybody so riled up?”
In “When Stalin Faced Hitler,” historian Stephen Kotkin tells the story of that night and narrates the lives of the two men who had led their countries into a titanic confrontation that became one of the most important turning points in World War II and proved catastrophic to Hitler’s dreams. The prereleased essay from the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs is an exclusive adaption from Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941, the forthcoming second volume in Kotkin’s acclaimed three-part biography of the Soviet leader. The first volume was published in 2014 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
“What if an extra dollar or rupee in a budget could feed ten people instead of one? Or if $100,000 of international aid spending could be tweaked so it would save ten times as many lives?” asks Copenhagen Consensus Center President Bjorn Lomborg in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs. “When the stakes are this high, efficiency in spending becomes a moral imperative.”
Despite a budget larger than those of the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the entire U.S. intelligence community combined, “the [Department of Veteran Affairs] and other federal agencies struggle to keep other promises to active service members and veterans after they come home [beyond bringing them home],” writes Center for a New American Security Senior Fellow and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Phillip Carter in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs.
Fostering the next generation of international relations professionals, this fall Foreign Affairs magazine has partnered with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) to highlight graduate educational opportunities through live events and specialized content.
“Long before the founding of Facebook, scholars had already conducted a great deal of research into how smaller and slower social networks operate. What they found gives little ground for optimism about how a fully networked world would function,” observes Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Niall Ferguson in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs.
The growing threat of a nuclear North Korea undercuts U.S. security, but Wellesley College Professor Katharine H. S. Moon argues in Foreign Affairs that “the United States would be simply wrong to assume that it is the ultimate target of North Korea’s belligerence” and that the North is ultimately South Korea’s problem.
Writing for Foreign Affairs, Columbia University Professor Fredrick C. Harris and Johns Hopkins University Provost and Professor Robert C. Lieberman revisit the themes of a 2015 essay they wrote about institutional racism and ask, “Had the brutish racism of an earlier era merely gone underground only to resurface now in the guise of tiki torch-bearing neo-Nazis and the American president?”
Best known as the platform for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, blockchain technology allows transactions to be validated without the use of a centralized database. This innovation holds the potential to transform trade finance, argues SkuChain Vice President Rebecca Liao for Foreign Affairs.
“Perhaps no group has been more flummoxed by the Trump era than U.S. allies, who awoke last November to find Washington no longer interested in playing the game, let alone managing the team,” observes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs.