Paul J. Saunders

Paul J. Saunders is executive director of The Center for the National Interest and associate publisher of The National Interest. He served in the State Department from 2003 to 2005.


Can the Republican Party reinvent itself?

The international system is at a transformative moment. Yet President Obama has failed to set a direction for America.

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.

Admitting Georgia to the NATO club wouldn't have prevented the recent crisis in the region, and could have even made it worse.

In an election year, it's easy to find cheerleaders—but America needs chess players in order to succeed.


Tom DeLay may not see any problems with the phrase, "one vote, one person, one time", but the rest of America might.


There is still a real risk that crisis will metastasize into conflict.

A timely new book looks at why the two powers see-saw from optimistic cooperation to suspicious rivalry.

America's reaction to the Crimea crisis risks reducing flexibility on a paramount priority.

Drawing a red line against phrases that confuse and obscure.

A voice, but not a veto?

Blog Posts

The Nobel Committee is trying too hard to send political messages.

A flawed argument for intervention.

Why is Tony Blair still defending George W. Bush?

Dan Drezner's critique of "Giving Realists a Bad Name" reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of realist foreign policy.

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April 19, 2014