US foreign affairs and the North American neighbourhood

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    Biden’s foreign policy will likely focus on rebuilding bridges with allies, pressing China, and ensuring international relationships benefit Americans again.  

Biden’s foreign policy will likely focus on rebuilding bridges with allies, pressing China, and ensuring international relationships benefit Americans again.  

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As Joe Biden enters the White House as the 46th President of the United States, he faces a number of significant challenges, including tackling COVID-19 and undoing Donald Trump’s divisive legacy both at home and abroad. LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes on Biden’s likely foreign policy priorities: rebuilding strategic, economic and political ties with traditional allies; […]

Book Review: Quagmire in Civil War by Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl

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Contrary to popular belief, quagmires in civil war are made, not found. This is the argument of Quagmire in Civil War, Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl’s new account of the phenomenon of quagmire in civil wars that outlines how particular interactions and strategic choices can lead to this political trap. This is an essential theoretical study of international-domestic strategic interactions and their consequences for […]

A China Strategy to Reunite America’s Allies

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China’s autocratic ways and its strategic ambition are prompting the world’s democracies to band together against it. As the European Union’s recent decision to sign an investment accord with China makes clear, China’s geopolitical heft and the allure of Chinese trade and investment are tempting many to curry favor with it. But, write Charles A. Kupchan and Peter Trubowitz, acting […]

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    Joe Biden’s approach to China will not differ greatly from Donald Trump’s

Joe Biden’s approach to China will not differ greatly from Donald Trump’s

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Relations between the US and China have been heated under the Trump administration. But will Biden usher in a radically different approach to dealing with Beijing? Thomas Gift suggests that, in some key respects, it’s unlikely. Although Biden’s policies may grant more predictability to global markets, his administration will inherit challenges that will make it difficult to radically shift […]

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    Biden’s cabinet picks point to a moderate and pragmatic foreign policy.

Biden’s cabinet picks point to a moderate and pragmatic foreign policy.

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This week President-elect Joe Biden announced his picks for a number of his administration’s cabinet posts. In this Q&A, Julie Norman writes that the selection of experienced Obama administration veterans, such as Anthony Blinken for Secretary of State, may mean smooth Senate confirmations, and also point to a Biden foreign policy characterised by stability and multilateral cooperation.
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    Whoever the next president is, this is how Trump’s four years may be remembered

Whoever the next president is, this is how Trump’s four years may be remembered

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Whether or not he wins re-election, President Trump’s four years in office has had massive implications for how America is viewed by the rest of the world. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz reviews Trump’s foreign policy since he came to office and looks ahead to how the US’ relationship with China might change under […]

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    Whoever they are, the next US president will have a major impact on US-Scotland relations.

Whoever they are, the next US president will have a major impact on US-Scotland relations.

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The race for the White House has implications that extend far beyond the United States. Anthony Salamone writes that, while relatively neglected, the US-Scotland relationship is an important aspect of the latter’s growing debate on its own role in the world. He argues that, whether Scotland becomes independent or remains part of the UK, it would be prudent for […]

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    Why ineffectiveness is often baked-in to American intervention overseas

Why ineffectiveness is often baked-in to American intervention overseas

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When it wants to promote democracy in other countries, the US has a number of options, ranging from foreign aid to economic sanctions to military intervention. But how do Americans feel about these different ways of intervening? In new survey research, Abel Escribà-Folch, Lala Muradova, and Toni Rodon find that Americans are more supportive of intervening in autocratic countries […]

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    Americans’ support for trade and intervention abroad depends on which country is involved.

Americans’ support for trade and intervention abroad depends on which country is involved.

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President Trump’s administration has been marked by his skepticism for trade agreements and seeming lack of interest in intervening overseas. In new research Jonathan Schulman finds that while Americans say that they are in favor of international trade and intervening overseas in the general sense, when asked about these policies in terms of specific countries in practice, this support […]

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    Why Eastern Europe might be hoping for a Biden victory this November

Why Eastern Europe might be hoping for a Biden victory this November

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Under both President Obama and Trump, Eastern Europe has faded from the foreign policy agenda of the United States. With the 2020 US presidential election around the corner, Cristian Nitoiu, Florin Pasatoiu and Loredana Simionov analyse the impact of a potential Trump or Biden administration on the region, with a focus on Romania. They write that depending on who […]

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