Moving Beyond (and Before) the Cold War

I’ll take up the point raised by Shane Maddock’s recent post on moving beyond the Cold War.  I share his feeling that the focus on the conflict has imposed its own “interpretive framework” on scholarship in U.S. foreign relations and international history generally and that this scaffolding can limit our understanding of a slew of […]

Limping Leviathan

Recently my own research has been focused on the interwar period and immersion in that period shows what a breakdown of an international order looks like.  I have just dipped into G. John Ikenberry’s Liberal Leviathan, a book that like many others presumes that American hegemony is at the very least experiencing some sort of […]

The Great Recession and Foreign Aid Policy

Rajiv Shah, the youthful chief of USAID, gave a major speech two weeks ago about reforming the clunky U.S. government development apparatus.  Reform is a means to strengthen this “pillar” of U.S. policy to bear the burdens put on it by Hillary Clinton’s recently released “Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.”  This ambitious new strategy sees […]