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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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On the US International Role

John Quincy Adams isn’t who you think he is. Adams, who was a mediocre president from 1825 to 182

Afghanistan Papers Reveal US Strategic Mistakes

Is America’s two-decade war in Afghanistan a tragedy or a crime?

US Bets Old Ideas in a New Package Can Deter China

Through nearly three years in office, the Donald Trump administration has made a lot of noise about

Macron Wants to Lead Europe

In early November, Macron remarked that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was suffering from “b

Europe and America Are Refighting the Cold War

It’s a sign of the times that an anniversary that should have showcased US-German unity has instead

Kremlin's Nuclear Strategy Could Easily Get out of Hand

Would the US fight a nuclear war to save Estonia?

The US and Russia: Who Has the Upper Hand

Russia, President Barack Obama taunted in 2014, was a “regional power”: a country capable of making

Europe Has to Choose a Side in the US-China Rivalry

Europe has been at the center of nearly every great-power competition of the last 500 years, either

Will Horizontal Escalation Work?

An American war against China or Russia would be truly awful.

European Govts Cannot Circumvent US Dollar

Crises can throw up a great deal of smoke and confusion.

The US and the 'Two-war' Defense Strategy

Over the past 18 months, the Pentagon has been pursuing a radical change in US defense strategy.

'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


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