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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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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

US Allies Are Failing to Fill the Global Leadership Void

If America abandons the liberal international order it created, can that order still endure? This

There's a Crack Between the US and Europe Over China

In several new strategy documents, the Trump administration argues that America needs to gear up for

Avoiding the 'Thucydides Trap'

From Ukraine to the South China Sea, the past several years have reminded us that international peac

Russia, US Struggle Over Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump’s continuing courtship of Russian leader Vladimir Putin is casting darkness o

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