Dimitri K. Simes is president of The Center for the National Interest and publisher & CEO of The National Interest.
The international system is at a transformative moment. Yet President Obama has failed to set a direction for America.
International trends have become less favorable to the United States. This national vacation from serious foreign-policy analysis in the political arena is both ill timed and dangerous.
Obama’s foreign-policy decisions—from provoking Islamabad to two-timing Beijing to alienating Moscow—lack the strategic long-term thinking the U.S. needs. Hypocrisy and incoherence rule.
One doesn’t need to be a Russian domestic radical or a foreign Russophobe to see major flaws in the way Russia is ruled. The population, however, is satisfied with the status quo...for now.
Since the end of the cold war, American foreign policy toward Russia has been dismissive of Russian interests. Acknowledging that a country has separate aims does not mean we cannot work toward common goals.
Notwithstanding the book's shortcomings, Mearsheimer and Walt do perform an important service in pointing out how difficult it is to produce pragmatic decisions based on national interest.
Growing Sino-Russian ties could threaten global stability.
The National Interest endorses the Republican candidate.
How Governor Romney could deprive President Obama of his pretense of global leadership.
After Obama’s nearly three years in office, it’s hard to find a single area where he was able to significantly advance U.S. national interests.
America has much to be proud of in its response to 9/11. Continuing to move forward will require vigilance and restraint.
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