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Hal Brands

Hal Brands

Hal Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. His latest book is "American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump."

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'Clash of Civilizations' Has No Place in US Foreign Policy

It isn’t often that high-ranking US diplomats publicly invoke the ideas of ivory-tower academics.

America’s Foreign Policy and Grand Strategies

The foreign policy community is furiously debating what grand strategy America should pursue in an a

South America is a Battlefield in the New Cold War

The political crisis in Venezuela has pitted the US against a dictator who refuses to leave office.

Pass or Fail, Brexit Has Destroyed Britain’s Brilliant Global Strategy

With the decisive parliamentary “meaningful vote” scheduled for Tuesday, this week is the moment of

Three Reasons to Fear Another ‘Great War’ Today

Last month, I traveled to Vienna, the former seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a fitting place

Conflict between Major Powers

In recent years, we have seen the renewal of a phenomenon that seemed to have passed into history wi

China Hack Shows Weakness of Pence’s New Hard Line

If you thought the US-China relationship couldn’t get much worse, consider what happened on Thursday

US between Progressive Left, the Nationalist Right

When it comes to foreign policy, the Trump era offers opportunity and peril for the Democratic Party

Europe Wants to Defend Itself? Good Luck With That.

In 1776, the New World declared independence from the old.

America’s Global Order Can Be Saved

Although the US has been doing it for decades, the task of defending the liberal order has never bee

National Rivalries and Avoiding Collision

When Henry Kissinger traveled to China in 1971, he did more than end nearly a quarter-century of est

Three Reasons Why Trump May End the ‘Forever War’

No modern president has made more of his determination to break out of the patterns set by his prede

New Threat to the US: the Axis of Autocracy

It sounded like an echo of Sino-Soviet alliance of the 1950s and 1960s when China’s new defense mini

The 'American Century' Is Over, and It Died in Syria

For anyone who thought that the winding down of the campaign against ISIS would cause the Syrian civ

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