Principled Pragmatism: Fredrik Logevall on Obama's Legacy
Professor Fredrik Logevall's National Interest interview discusses why President Obama really does have a grand strategy...and why American values are the nation's best guardians of U.S. national security instead of global dominance.
May 16, 2016
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"...[M]ost Americans don't care that much about foreign policy, and they rarely choose presidents on that basis. Economic conditions drive presidential elections more than international events do, so even if voters believe Clinton is the sounder choice on foreign-policy grounds, it may not matter that much."
May 16, 2016
The World Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"If the U.S. had flooded the sky over Syria with aircraft at the time, one wonders whether Putin would later have intervened in Syria with such massiveness."
May 10, 2016
By Zachary D. Kaufman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
"...[I] a world in which mass atrocities—from Burundi to Burma and Syria to Sudan—show no sign of abatement, President Obama and his successor must actually lead on atrocity prevention. Institutions, training and reports are helpful; the government's will to act is essential."
April 15, 2016
By Vera Mironova, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"...ISIL also wanted to increase the flow of dedicated foreign fighters. For that, they needed to increase the grievances of Western Muslims who could potentially become fighters. France and Belgium were chosen for an attack because those are countries with large Muslim populations, some of whom had already been attracted to ISIL. The attack could increase anti-Muslim sentiment and, as a result, the grievance of Western Muslims, which could increase the number of potential dedicated foreign recruits."
April 12, 2016
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"In addition to a revival of Scottish separatism, Britain's inward turn in recent years could accelerate. And over the longer run, the effects on the global balance of power and the liberal international order — in which Britain has a strong national interest — would be negative."
April 6, 2016
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"Clinton, Sanders and down-ballot Democrats have the capacity to win the Security Moms away from Republicans by embracing them and acknowledging that the Democratic Party's approach to security — maintaining international alliances, criticizing the scapegoating of Muslim communities and supporting first responders — is successful."
March 24, 2016
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
"The United States, certainly the Democratic side, has simply had it with Netanyahu's policies on the Palestinian issue, with his double talk, and with what appears to be an intentional attempt to bury the two-state solution. If the premier truly understands the United States, he knows that a moment of reckoning on the Palestinian issue is nearing and that whichever candidate is elected will likely present us with fateful decisions, or cool the tenor of relations."