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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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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

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


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