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America Is Leading the World Backward

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Chicago Tribune
Coauthors

“A series of radical rulings makes America’s exhortations about promoting democracy ring hollow,” write Senior Fellows Elizabeth Shackelford and Dina Smeltz.

Hands hold yellow signs saying "bans off our bodies" in front of a blue sky
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US Foreign Policy

America Must Beware Its Foreign Policy Blind Spots

In the News
The National Interest
Paul Heer

Paul Heer argues that, after the invasion of Ukraine, the United States must recognize and confront its foreign policy blind spots.

An American flag curls over a map of Eastern Europe.
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Defense and Security

NATO Declares Russia "Most Significant and Direct Threat" to Peace

In the News
CBC
Ivo H. Daalder

NATO welcomed Finland and Sweden, marking “a very good day for those who care about freedom and democracy in Europe," says Ivo Daalder on CBC.

Screenshot of Ivo Daalder and Suhana Meharchand on CBC,
US Foreign Policy

United States Splits from Global Trend on Abortion Rights

In the News
WGN-9
Elizabeth Shackelford

Banning abortion “doesn't look like a particularly democratic move for a country that purports to be a beacon of democracy,” says Elizabeth Shackelford on WGN-9.

Global Health

America Is the World’s Gun Store

In the News
Foreign Policy
Robert Muggah

"US sales of lethal firearms aren’t just a domestic issue," argues Nonresident Senior Fellow Robert Muggah in Foreign Policy.

Gold bullets in a pile on grey surface next to black magazine.
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Defense and Security

Last Best Hope: The West's Final Chance to Build a Better World Order

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Foreign Affairs
Ivo H. Daalder

Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay argue that the West must form a G-12 alliance to “turn its newfound unity into a broader effort to save the rules-based order.”

G7 Meeting in Brussels in front of flags and a brick wall.
Reuters
Defense and Security

Why US-China Cooperation Remains Elusive

In the News
The National Interest
Paul Heer

"It is rarely acknowledged or even considered that Beijing actually shares much of Washington’s vision for the Indo-Pacific," argues Paul Heer in the National Interest.

Reuters
Defense and Security

What Has the United States Sent to Ukraine so Far?

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Running Numbers by Ethan Kessler

Roughly $24 billion in military aid has been authorized for Ukraine since August—dwarfing total US assistance to the country in all previous years.

Reuters
Defense and Security

To Beat Russian Influence in Africa, the West Must Offer Something Better

In the News
Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Shackelford

“Wagner’s appeal comes as little surprise to those of us who have worked on the continent. Its engagement is transactional,” writes Elizabeth Shackelford.

Malian armed forces on military trucks.
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Defense and Security

A World of Power and Fear: What Critics of Realism Get Wrong

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Foreign Affairs
Paul Poast

“Realism is the school of no hope, the curmudgeon of international relations thought,” writes Paul Poast in Foreign Affairs.

A view of the damage to a school gymnasium that was shelled, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Mykolaiv region
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Defense and Security