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US-China Relations

China’s Place In U.S. Foreign Policy

by Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

China is a peculiar combination of a domestic status quo power and a rising international power. An effective U.S. China policy is best built on a thorough assessment of the context in which Sino-American relations exist and operate.

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Toward A National Security Strategy

by Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberryvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 4, 2015

We need to consider what our institutions are capable of before declaring foreign policy goals. 

Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry

Remarks at MIT: Renewal or Retrenchment - U.S. Grand Strategy in a Volatile World

featuring Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Ambassador Karl Eikenberry walks through four major areas: policy and strategy; on 'Grand Strategy;' assumptions about interests, power and capability; and on the use of military force.

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American Foreign Policy In Transition

by Stephen D. Krasnervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Since World War II, American hegemony has led to peace and prosperity for most of the world. Now, the international landscape is changing. 

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Why America Needs International Agencies

by Abraham D. Sofaervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 28, 2015

These organizations, flawed though they may be, enhance international cooperation and can help solve international security problems.

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Tomorrow's National Security Landscape

by Amy Zegartvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

There are four key areas of threat to which the United States should respond. 

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Instability In The Middle East

by James D. Fearonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 7, 2015

The failure of states in the region since the Arab Spring poses threats to U.S. security. 

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Breeding Ground For Terrorism

by Francis Fukuyamavia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The failed states of West Africa and the Middle East have given rise to movements like ISIS and Boko Haram. 

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“Failed States and Realistic Expectations,” with Stephen D. Krasner

interview with Stephen D. Krasnervia Analysis
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Why America’s approach to failed states has been overly ambitious.

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“Rethinking Failed States” with James Fearon

interview with James D. Fearonvia Analysis
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

When does chaos abroad require an American response?


Latest Essay Series: Global Governance

The US has been the indispensable power for global governance.  How it can most effectively play this role in the future is discussed in this set of essays.

The Hoover Institution's Working Group on Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy will explore an array of foreign policy topics over a two-year period. Our goal is to develop orienting principles about the most important policy challenges to better serve America's interests.

The certainties of the Cold War, such as they were, have disappeared. The United States now confronts several historically unique challenges, including the rise of a potential peer competitor, a rate of technological change unseen since the 19th century, the proliferation of nuclear and biological capabilities, and the possible joining of these capabilities with transnational terrorist movements. There has been no consensus on a grand strategy or even a set of principles to address specific problems. Reactive and ad hoc measures are not adequate.