Foreign Policy

Other than Empire Isaiah Wall United Nations
Other than Empire

If America wants to constrain tyranny and prevent anarchy in ways that are both just and sustainable, it must resist the temptation of empire and embrace again a vision of international collaborative peacekeeping.

Redraw the Map Middle East
Redraw the Map: A Christian Call for Middle East Peace

Terry Ascott’s solution for the Middle East tramples over one of the region’s most sacred cows: Redraw the map.

Superpower
D***, We Don’t Have a Foreign Policy

Ian Bremmer’s Superpower gives a good critique about America’s incoherent foreign policy and is a good introduction to different foreign policy choices.

Obama Freedom Decline
The Decline of Freedom and the Obama Doctrine

In every year of Mr. Obama’s presidency, without exception, the cause of freedom has been in retreat around the world.

Africa Human Rights
Turn to Africa

For America today to truly be America, it must be the world’s leading proponent of human rights at home and abroad. It is when it answers this great national vocation (first glimpsed by the nation’s founders) that America most fully gives expression to what, in seed, it has been from the very start.

Purpose Creep
Purpose Creep and its Discontents: Reclaiming Almost-Chosen-Nation Status (Part 2)

We return to the unanswered question: “What, if anything, should be the purpose of American power?”

Purpose Creep and its Discontents: Reclaiming Almost-Chosen-Nation Status

Debates over the appropriate American response to the Syrian refugee crisis reflect division and uncertainty about a deeper question: What is America’s national purpose?

Just War Against Islamic State ISIS
What a Just War Against the Islamic State Looks Like

Just war aims at peace. As Augustine argued, “Every man seeks peace by waging war, but no man seeks war by making peace.” We do not fight war for its own sake, or for revenge, profit, or prestige. The only conceivable rationale for waging war is to create a world of better, deeper, more lasting peace than the one that led to war in the first place.

Africa Slum
Six Challenges Facing Africa in 2016

While I am an optimist with regard to global poverty alleviation, my optimism is sorely tested when it comes to my beloved birth continent, Africa.