William & Mary Global Research Institute, June 14, 2023 (interview with Adriana Shi)
The vast majority of Americans alive today are unused to paying significant costs for foreign policy choices, and they are used to foreign policy choices seeming to be cost free, at least if you’re not a service member or one of their family or community members. That really makes it hard to know what the United States would actually do in the event of a confrontation with China over Taiwan.
Radio Free Europe, March 22, 2023 (interview with Dragan Štavljanin)
Uspon Kine, agresija Rusije i dugoročni bezbednosni izazovi sa Iranom i Severnom Korejom — pokazuju da projektovanje američke moći izaziva otpor.
Libération, March 22, 2023, 12-13 (interview with Julien Gester)
La guerre en Irak a eu un impact profond sur la politique étrangère américaine et la perception par le pays de son rôle dans le monde : lancée pour affirmer le rôle planétaire de l’Amérique, elle se fondait sur la conviction que les Etats-Unis étaient en droit d’envahir un pays et d’en renverser le gouvernement, quand bien même celui-ci ne représentait aucune menace pour nous. Alors que les dirigeants américains voudraient l’oublier, l’héritage de cet élan unilatéraliste continue d’affecter leur politique étrangère.
Foreign Policy, August 24, 2022 (interview with Ravi Agrawal)
The direction in which we seem to be heading is on one level a continuation of U.S. global primacy. But on another level, it’s something qualitatively different, where the United States faces real risks of a great-power conflict for the perpetual future.
Politiken, May 21, 2022, 3 (interview with Jacob Pedersen)
Min bekymring er, at mange i Washington, DC, har den forkerte reaktion på krigen og konkluderer, at USA skal forblive Vestens ledende militære aktør til at balancere og inddæmme Rusland og Kina. I min verden er krigen en strategisk mulighed for USA til at stoppe sin vane fra tiden efter den kolde krig, hvor man har undertrykt europæiske forsvarsinitiativer, og i stedet omfavne Europas militære opvågning, koncentrere sig om sikkerheden i Asien og sine egne presserende hjemlige behov
Clarín, March 31, 2022 (interview with Juan Décima)
Creo que es muy riesgoso tener sanciones que se estiren por décadas, con la vaga esperanza de que tal vez impulsen alguna mejora en el comportamiento internacional de Rusia.
Jewish Currents, March 24, 2022 (interview with David Klion)
if military competition continues to intensify, another danger is that we might start to see a messy economic decoupling from China that dwarfs the one that has suddenly occurred between the West and Russia. Then the world would start to more closely resemble that of the original Cold War, and the risk of armed conflict would probably increase, because the value of bringing new territory under one’s control would rise.
The Ink, March 17, 2022 (interview with Anand Giridharadas)
The West should absolutely not give the impression that the goal of sanctions is to cause regime change in Russia. If Putin believes he might fall, he would become far more willing to use nuclear weapons or launch a conventional war with NATO. During the Cold War, the United States learned that it would be suicidal to make the leaders of a nuclear-armed superpower think they had nothing left to lose. The time to remember that lesson is right now.
O Globo, February 25, 2022, 20 (interview with Eduardo Graça)
Agora, claramente foi um erro jogar com a possibilidade da entrada da Ucrânia na Otan. A política de portas abertas da Otan, uma invencionice recente do ponto de vista histórico, deveria ser abandonada.
New York Review of Books, February 12, 2022 (interview with Matt Seaton)
The ultimate purpose is to change U.S. foreign policy, not just the debate about it. That will take a generational effort. To me, the real achievement to date has been to lay a foundation, intellectual and institutional, for the long haul.
Tages Anzeiger, February 11, 2022 (interview with Fabian Fellman)
Die USA blieben nach dem Kalten Krieg die do‐ minierende Militärmacht in Europa, weil Kosten und Risi‐ ken als gering erschienen und das postsowjetische Russland nicht bedrohlich war. Jetzt verursacht ein selbstbewusste‐ res und aggressiveres Russland für die USA reale Kosten und Risiken.
Le Grand Continent, December 3, 2021 (interview with Louis de Catheu)
Dans les années 1990, les responsables de la politique étrangère et les intellectuels américains avaient perdu le lien avec une tradition plus ancienne combinant le nationalisme américain et l’internationalisme pour conclure que les États-Unis n’avaient pas grand intérêt à projeter leur puissance militaire à l’échelle mondiale et qu’ils ne provoqueraient que des dommages en le faisant.
Review of Democracy, June 16, 2021 (interview with Ferenc Laczó)
Americans need only look a little into their past to recover insightful warnings against becoming entangled militarily in conflicts. I would be one of the least surprised people in Washington if the United States does end up significantly reducing its military role in the world in the next decade or two.
El Diario, May 29, 2021 (interview with Hernán Garcés)
Desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial los líderes estadounidenses se han dicho a sí mismos, al país y al mundo, que Estados Unidos era profundamente reacio a tomarse el poder y que si lo hacía era por ser inevitable o debido a la identidad del país. Sin embargo, esa no es en absoluto la realidad si examinas a las personas que decidieron la política militar de supremacía mundial.
Die Zeit, March 25, 2021, 10 (debate with Franziska Brantner, moderated by Jochen Bittner and Jörg Lau)
I worry that “America is back” means a return to the United States putting its global military dominance at the center of its foreign policy. This quest for dominance divides the world into subordinate allies and permanent adversaries.
NZZ am Sonntag, February 7, 2021, 4-5 (interview with Andreas Mink)
Bauen die USA die eigenen Sicherheitsverpflichtungen stetig aus. Der Fachbegriff hierfür lautet: imperiale Überdehnung. Und damit schafft sich Amerika Feinde, statt sich zu schützen.
Vox, December 29, 2020 (interview with Alex Ward)
If America’s postwar planners from World War II — had they been around today or even in the 1990s — they would say, “Wait a minute.” They would’ve realized how fraught it is to take on a world-ordering role by force, akin to what we understood the British Empire had done in the previous century. After all, they worried to themselves that what they were planning contained a measure of imperialism in it.
Le Courrier, December 10, 2020 (interview with Alexis Rapin)
Ma crainte est que l’administration Biden n’aille pas assez loin et échoue à prioriser l’engagement pacifique plutôt que la domination armée.
The Politics of Everything, The New Republic, December 2, 2020 (interview with Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene)
The original argument for U.S. military primacy was premised on the idea that totalitarian powers might conquer much of the world. But once totalitarian conquerors disappeared, U.S. armed dominance came to be, in my view, something like an end unto itself.
The Washington Post, November 2, 2020 (interview with Ishaan Tharoor)
The trouble is that the United States now conflates its vital interests with its power position in the world. In effect, armed dominance has become an end unto itself. As many Americans once recognized, that is an imperialistic cast of mind. It also corrupts strategy.
The National Interest, October 31, 2020 (by Zach Brown)
The United States has acquired more and more enemies around the world. We’ve seen endless wars across the Greater Middle East. We’ve seen hatreds unleashed by those wars turned inward against immigrants, against political opponents, possibly against democracy itself.
El Confidencial, October 30, 2020 (interview with Carlos Barragán)
Deberíamos ser capaces de separar la batalla contra los nazis en la II Guerra Mundial, incluso de la Guerra Fría si quieres, de un proyecto más general de la dominación estadounidense que se consideró sin ningún objetivo final. Han pasado ya tres décadas desde el colapso de la Unión Soviética y nuestra política exterior está alejada de lo que realmente quieren los votantes estadounidenses. Con sus acciones, EEUU ha hecho menos seguro parte del mundo.
Teen Vogue, October 19, 2020 (interview with Sarah Souli)
The project of American supremacy has corrupted its own original purposes. It was originally instituted in a situation where it seemed like the way to have the freest, most liberal, most engaged world was, tragically, to have the United States enforcing decent terms of world order. Now the U.S. and its use of force seems to stand in the way of free exchange, of decent international rules and norms.
Clarín, September 22, 2020 (interview with Juan Décima)
La crisis y la disfuncionalidad que actualmente se ve en EE.UU. se retrotrae en parte a la década del 90 y a una cuestión que nunca se resolvió tras la caída de la Unión Soviética. Básicamente, que a partir de ese momento la fuerza militar de Estados Unidos se convirtió en un obstáculo para la libertad que en un principio decía defender.
Dissent, December 18, 2019 (interview with Daniel Bessner)
Free-floating intellectuals can speak truth to power. Then what? What will power do with truth? Probably deny it or ignore it. It takes power to beat power, and in today’s United States, it takes institutions to organize power.
The New York Times, July 26, 2017 (interview with Max Strasser)
We need to take him seriously — especially his administration and supporters. He wouldn’t be president today if he hadn’t tapped into a powerful politics, what I called the “politics of civilization.” In fact, he is dangerous precisely because he makes it hard to take his politics seriously. He inspires a Pavlovian ridicule. But that reflex to ridicule is allowing some people to avoid trying to understand his policies and to avoid developing a real critique of them.
Amanpour, CNN and PBS, June 29, 2023 (interview with Christiane Amanpour)
DW News, June 13, 2023 (interview with Phil Gayle)
Crashing the War Party, June 16, 2023 (interview with Daniel Larison and Kelley Vlahos)
Bear Market Brief, Foreign Policy Research Institute, March 23, 2023 (interview with Aaron Schwartzbaum)
Background Briefing, March 19, 2023 (interview with Ian Masters)
In Time of Monsters, The Nation, January 11, 2023 (interview with Jeet Heer)
The Un-Diplomatic Podcast, January 10, 2023 (interview with Van Jackson and Kate Kizer)
Power Problems, Cato Institute, January 10, 2023 (interview with John Glaser)
American Prestige, September 20, 2022 (interview with Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison)
Crashing the War Party, September 16, 2022 (interview with Daniel Larison and Kelley Vlahos)
FP Live, August 24, 2022 (interview with Ravi Agrawal)
John Quincy Adams Society Events, July 28, 2022 (interview with John Allen Gay)
Arirang News, June 26, 2022
Keen On, Lithub, June 19, 2022 (interview with Andrew Keen)
Background Briefing, June 12, 2022 (interview with Ian Masters)
DW News, April 22, 2022 (interview with Brent Goff)
In Time of Monsters, April 6, 2022 (interview with Jeet Heer)
DW News, March 30, 2022 (interview with Brent Goff)
Radio Open Source, March 17, 2022 (discussion with Emma Ashford, David Kang, and Christopher Lydon)
Cato Daily Podcast, Cato Institute, March 17, 2022 (discussion with Caleb O. Brown and Ted Galen Carpenter)
Politics + Media 101, March 16, 2022 (interview with Justin Higgins)
Democracy Now!, March 16, 2022 (interview with Amy Goodman)
The Mehdi Hasan Show, MSNBC, February 22, 2022 (interview with Mehdi Hasan)
Background Briefing, February 6, 2022 (interview with Ian Masters)
Majority Report, January 21, 2022 (interview with Sam Seder and Emma Vigeland)
Power Problems, Cato Institute, September 21, 2021 (interview with John Glaser)
Background Briefing, September 9, 2021 (interview with Ian Masters)
The World Unpacked, September 9, 2021 (interview with Doug Farrar)
Reason, September 1, 2021 (interview with Nick Gillespie)
Opinion Has It, Project Syndicate, August 31, 2021 (interview with Elmira Bayrasli)
Deep State Radio, August 30, 2021 (discussion with Max Boot, Rosa Brooks, and David Rothkopf)
All Things Considered, NPR, August 27, 2021 (interview with Audie Cornish)
The Minefield, ABC Radio National, August 26, 2021 (interview with Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens)
In Lieu of Fun, August 20, 2021 (interview with Genevieve DellaFerra and Scott Shapiro)
The Michael Smerconish Program, SiriusXM, August 2, 2021 (interview with Michael Smerconish)
American Prestige, July 9, 2021 (interview with Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison)
Majority Report, June 21, 2021 (interview with Sam Seder)
Lawfare, June 21, 2021 (discussion with Sara Moller and Alan Rozenshtein)
Democracy Now!, June 15, 2021 (interview with Amy Goodman and Juan González)
Encounters, May 11, 2021 (interview with Jonathan Askonas)
Majority Report, April 23, 2021 (interview with Sam Seder)
Serve to Lead, March 19, 2021 (interview with James Strock)
In Lieu of Fun, December 29, 2020 (interview with Kate Klonick and Benjamin Wittes)
Know Your Enemy, December 26, 2020 (interview with Sam Adler-Bell)
Departures, December 23, 2020 (interview with Robert Amsterdam)
Truman National Security Project, December 8, 2020 (interview with Rachel Rizzo)
Radio Open Source, December 3, 2020 (interview with Christopher Lydon)
Majority Report, December 2, 2020 (interview with Sam Seder and Emma Vigeland)
Cato Daily Podcast, Cato Institute, December 2, 2020 (interview with Caleb O. Brown)
The Politics of Everything, The New Republic, December 2, 2020 (interview with Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene)
Deep State Radio, November 30, 2020 (discussion with Rosa Brooks, Ed Luce, David Rothkopf, and Kori Schake)
The Mehdi Hasan Show, Peacock, November 25, 2020 (interview with Mehdi Hasan)
The Big Picture, SiriusXM, November 25, 2020 (interview with Olivier Knox)
Talk Nation Radio, November 17, 2020 (interview with David Swanson)
The Wright Show on Bloggingheads.tv, November 17, 2020 (interview with Robert Wright)
The Berggruen Institute, November 19, 2020 (interview with Nils Gilman)
The German Marshall Fund, November 17, 2020 (interview with Martin Quencez)
War on the Rocks, November 16, 2020 (discussion with Doyle Hodges, Rebecca Lissner, and Mira Rapp-Hooper)
The Quincy Institute, November 10, 2020 (interview with Andrew Bacevich)
The Empire Has No Clothes, November 2, 2020 (interview with Daniel Larison, Matt Purple, and Kelley Vlahos)
Press the Button, October 27, 2020 (interview with Michelle Dover)
The Lawfare Podcast, October 27, 2020 (interview with Jack Goldsmith)
Digging a Hole: The Legal Theory Podcast, October 27, 2020 (interview with Samuel Moyn and David Schleicher)
Foreign Exchanges, October 26, 2020 (interview with Derek Davison)
Majority Report, October 20, 2020 (interview with Sam Seder)
New Statesman World, October 16, 2020 (interview with Emily Tamkin and Jeremy Cliffe)
None of the Above, October 14, 2020 (interview with Mark Hannah)
Background Briefing, October 13, 2020 (interview with Ian Masters)
Future Hindsight, December 6, 2019 (interview with Mila Atmos)
The Open Mind, PBS, September 30, 2019 (interview with Alexander Heffner and Trita Parsi)
Cato Daily Podcast, Cato Institute, September 11, 2019 (interview with Caleb O. Brown)
Washington Journal, C-SPAN, July 29, 2019 (interview with John McArdle and viewers)
Foreign Exchanges, July 26, 2019 (interview with Derek Davison)
Morning Joe, MSNBC, July 3, 2019 (interview with Willie Geist and Mark Hannah)
The Wright Show on Bloggingheads.tv, January 18, 2019 (interview with Robert Wright)
The Dig, June 29, 2018 (interview with Daniel Denvir)
War on the Rocks, May 14, 2018 (interview with Rebecca Lissner, Mira Rapp-Hooper, and Ryan Evans)
The Dig, September 19, 2017 (interview with Daniel Denvir)
Panels and Debates
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 7, 2023 (with Spencer Ackerman, Chris Chivvis, Matthew Duss Francis Fukuyama, and Vivian Salama)
Sustainability Hub at the Munich Security Conference, BMW Foundation February 19, 2022 (with Nicholas Connolly, Vidar Helgesen, Galyna Mykhailiuk, Orysia Lutsevych)
Norwegian Atlantic Committee, February 7, 2022 (with John Mearsheimer and Asle Toje)
Advancing Security: Realism, Restraint, and the Future of Foreign Policy, Stand Together, November 3, 2021 (with Emma Ashford, Eugene Gholz, and John Mearsheimer)
Bloggingheads.tv, July 15, 2021 (with Thomas Wright)
Observer Research Foundation, June 17, 2021 (with Varghese K. George, Chintamani Mahapatra, Nikhila Natarajan, and Meera Shankar)
Chatham House, April 20, 2021 (with Susan Glasser and Gideon Rachman)
WGBH Boston and Suffolk University, March 31, 2021 (with Fiona Hill, Enrique Perret, and Lyric Thompson)
Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, January 29, 2021 (with Stuart Gottlieb and Robert Jervis)
Institut français des relations internationales, December 11, 2020 (with Walter Russell Mead, Kristin Diwan, Benjamin Haddad, and Alexander Lennon)
Bridging the Gap, December 1, 2020 (with Rebecca Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper)
World Affairs Councils of America, November 17, 2020 (with Rachel Esplin Odell and Trita Parsi)
Arena Stage Civil Dialogue, June 22, 2020 (with Elbridge Colby, Rebeccah Heinrichs, and Rachel Esplin Odell)
Foreign Affairs issue launch, Council on Foreign Relations, March 9, 2020 (with Kathleen Hicks and Thomas Wright)
Foreign Policy-Quincy Institute Forum, February 26, 2020 (with Emma Ashford, Rosa Brooks, and Thomas Wright)
The American Conservative Foreign Policy Conference, November 7, 2019 (with Ben Freeman, Carrie Levin, and Christopher Preble)
Dartmouth College, May 7, 2019 (with Eugene Gholz, Jennifer Lind, Constanze Stelzenmüller, and Jake Sullivan)