A Political and Literary Forum
As both politicians and historians mine the 1940s for alternate visions of international order, we must guard against the presumption that the United States remains the benevolent center of global politics.
Wars may begin like they always have, but they no longer end as they once did. We need an ethics of war termination to hold politicians accountable.
In 2001, three frameworks for handling international crises emerged. Two have failed, but the third—the Caribbean movement for reparations—may still have something to tell us.
With virtually no democratic oversight and over 6,500 missiles in the United States alone, the use of nuclear weapons is almost inevitable. So why is it so hard to think about nuclear war?
Elaine Scarry, Rachel Ablow
Donald Trump's “maximum pressure” strategy is doomed to fail, especially as tensions rise between Iran and the United States.
The Doomsday Clock is set to two minutes to midnight—the same position it held in 1953, when the United States and USSR detonated their first hydrogen bombs. So why don't we make movies about nuclear war anymore?
A new book reveals the extent of the "Greater United States," but territory is not as important as it used to be. Instead, imperialism endures today in the logic of capitalism.
The Cold War says more about how U.S. elites imagined their “freedom” than it does about enabling other people to be free.
Nikhil Pal Singh
It reflects, like a funhouse mirror, a twisted image of U.S. imperialism.
U.S. foreign policy disasters fueled our current political crisis. But those who want a new approach must do more than point out past blunders.
It is time to develop a new geostrategy unencumbered by past traumas.
With Assad preparing a major offensive on the last rebel stronghold, the United States must offer a path forward.
Aslı U. Bâli, Aziz Rana
As the Trump–Putin summit made clear, U.S. policy in Syria has always been about grand strategy—never about what would actually help the people on the ground.
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