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Stephen Walt Wants Libertarians To Join Forces with Foreign-Policy Realists

War and Foreign Policy

Blog01/31/2019

Disagreements between libertarians and realists are a problem. But in the current interventionist-dominated environment, the disagreements don't strike me as an especially big problem — at least for now.

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The Unseen Costs of Humanitarian Intervention

War and Foreign Policy

Blog01/30/2019

Those who are advocating for new interventions in Syria and Venezuela show little interest in confronting the real costs of intervention. They just want to say they "did something" even if those things will turn out to be disastrous.

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Humanitarian Interventions Are Killing National Sovereignty — And That's a Bad Thing

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Blog01/30/2019

The growing acceptance of "humanitarian" interventions works to remove national sovereignty as a bulwark against expansionist large states in the international order.

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Saudi Arabian Lobbyists Have Many Friends in DC

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Blog01/15/2019

One of the world's most militaristic Islamic dictatorships — Saudi Arabia — lobbies heavily in Washington to increase US military spending — and the Saudis are rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

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The Atomic Bombing of Japan, Reconsidered

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Blog12/31/2018

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, chief among the naysayers, said, “I was against (use of the atomic bomb) on two counts. First, the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing."

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George Bush's Wars Set the Stage for 25 Years of Endless War

War and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

Blog12/05/2018

The late George H. W. Bush was instrumental in creating our world of endless war against foreign states that are no threat to the United States.

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100 Years of Wilsonian Wars for "Democracy"

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Blog11/27/2018

For a century now, Woodrow Wilson's ideology of forced democratization and ideological warfare continues to dominate American foreign policy.

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The Tragedy of America's Entry into World War I

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Blog11/10/2018

America went to war 100 years ago for no good reason, and certainly not for the “general interest” of national security.

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Forced Sterilizations in Peru — Paid for by US Taxpayers

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog10/25/2018

The US government used foreign aid to spread a eugenics-tinged sterilization policy in Peru in the late 1990s.

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Trump’s Space Force

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog10/08/2018

Trump has proposed the "Space Force" as a brand new and costly military branch and bureaucracy. The reaction to his plan helps illustrate the complexity of military politics in Washington.

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