Michael Lind

Michael Lind is Policy Director of the Economic Growth Program at the New America Foundation and author of The American Way of Strategy


Enlightened self interest, rather than grand postnationalist designs, would put the United States back on the path to greatness.

The United States should abandon its futile attempt to secure global hegemony in favor of a concert-of-power foreign-policy strategy.

Many American policymakers and scholars believe they have learned the lessons of nineteenth and twentieth-century history for U.S. foreign policy. Three such "lessons" dominate discussion: the Lesson of American Development; the Lesson of the Pax

To see realist strategies adopted even as they are denounced would be, in our view, no small success.


The declinists are wrong—but so are many of their critics.

Anti-interventionists allege our leaders traded a strong, austere republic for a weak and sprawling empire predicated on a military might that could not match our own ambitions. This narrative negates real threats and real victories.


The Republican majority in the House doesn't mean foreign policy will change—much.

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April 23, 2014