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Book Review: The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy

Stephen M. Walt offers a character study of three U.S. administrations and the vast network of think tanks and policy wonks that have influenced the trajectory of America’s recent foreign policy – from its political victories to its fiascoes. This book will be rewarding reading for anyone wanting to understand contemporary developments in U.S.…
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Russia Returns to Afghanistan

On November 9, the Kremlin hosted representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban in Moscow. Afghanistan has been plagued with four decades of war and conflict. Afghans are understandably wary of any notion of manufactured peace. It has been understood, to varying degrees, that a cessation of the ongoing conflict between the Taliban and…
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Why Russia Thinks It’s Exceptional

Destiny calls upon Russia once more to face the West – or so Russians might believe. America is not alone in projecting itself as an exceptional power and vital force for good in the world. Russia makes the same claim. That sentiment is built upon centuries of defeating invaders, as I explore in “Russia: The Story of War.” And it plays a crucial…
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