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Michael Mandelbaum

Michael Mandelbaum

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Michael Mandelbaum is Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the author, most recently, of Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era.

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  1. Trump and the All-American Trade Debate
     Laborers fill orders of machine grade steel to be shipped throughout the Pacific Northwest Natalie Behring/Getty Images

    Trump and the All-American Trade Debate

    Mar 9, 2018 Michael Mandelbaum reviews Dartmouth College economist Douglas A. Irwin’s survey of 250 years of US trade policy.

  2. The Iran Paradox
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    The Iran Paradox

    Jul 14, 2017 Michael Mandelbaum reviews two recent books tracing the Islamic Republic’s political evolution and foreign policies since the country’s 1979 revolution.

  3. What NATO Needs from Trump
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    What NATO Needs from Trump

    May 23, 2017 Michael Mandelbaum describes the type of leadership the alliance requires, but isn't getting, from the US president.

  4. Will Nuclear History Repeat Itself in Korea?
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    Will Nuclear History Repeat Itself in Korea?

    Apr 4, 2017 Michael Mandelbaum shows why China holds the key to avoiding four bad options on the peninsula.

  5. Navigating the Trumpscape
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    Navigating the Trumpscape

    Feb 10, 2017 Michael Mandelbaum shares five guidelines for assessing the administration's performance now and in the months ahead.

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    What Democrats Can Learn from the Science of Cooperation

    Antara Haldar

    While the Democrats have aired their dirty laundry in public, the Republicans have put on an ostentatious display of unity at their nominating convention. Evolutionary science shows that the former would do well to emulate the latter and unite quickly behind Kamala Harris.

    thinks a failure to unite fully behind Kamala Harris will give the Republicans a big advantage.
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    Patriotic Grift

    J. Bradford DeLong clarifies the fundamental difference between today's Democrats and Republicans.
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    Labour’s Economic Plan Lacks Keynesian Ambition

    Robert Skidelsky explains why the new government’s agenda is more of a gamble on growth than a concrete action plan.
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    China Is Exporting Its AI Surveillance State

    Contrary to what many Western policymakers and commentators once hoped, recent analyses have added to the evidence that trade does not always foster democracy or liberalize regimes. Instead, China’s greater integration with the developing world appears to be doing precisely the opposite.

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    Why Are Stocks, Gold, and the Dollar Surging?

    Jeffrey Frankel considers the economic and political factors pushing asset values to all-time highs.
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    How the G20 Could Help Eliminate Hunger and Extreme Poverty

    Kevin Watkins urges the group’s members to harness their economic and political power to advance shared development targets.
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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
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    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
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    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.

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