With a weak and rotting core, you don’t have much of a foreign policy. You’re discounted at the negotiating table, economically and militarily. So when people ask what’s the best course of action for the U.S.–China relationship, I can give you ten academic responses. But the reality is we need to rebuild our core.
Aug 18, 2011
The real secret about diplomats is that we’re trained to say something, when there is nothing to say, and to say nothing when there is something to say.
May 07, 2011
Geopolitics is all about leverage. We cannot make ourselves safer abroad unless we change our behavior at home.
Dec 05, 2010
We should not anticipate that every time countries come together that we are doing some revolutionary thing. Instead of hitting home runs, sometimes we're going to hit singles.
Nov 14, 2010
Interventionism is inextricable from the American idea. If the United States retreats into isolationism, it ceases to be itself ? a nation dedicated, however much it falls short, to a universalist ideal of freedom.
Aug 30, 2011
Europe is not a choice, it is a necessity, but it needs to be rethought, refounded.
Dec 02, 2011
We can come back here, next year, as we have for the last 60, and make long speeches about it. We can read familiar lists of grievances. We can table the same resolutions. We can further empower the forces of rejectionism and hate. Or we can say that this time will be different, that this time we will not let terror or turbulence or posturing or petty achieves.
Mar 22, 2011
The G8 is finishing the unfinished business of Europe in the post-Cold War era.
May 27, 2011
Dictating to dictators doesn’t work; they are congenitally delusional about their own indispensability.
Feb 21, 2011
There has been a catastrophic breakdown of the world’s collective responsibility to act.
Jul 20, 2011