“America First” and the global order. In an op-ed in the New York Times, Robert Kagan argues that isolationism and protectionism were popular among many Americans before Donald Trump arrived on the political scene. In a new episode of the Brookings Cafeteria podcast, Kagan and E.J. Dionne discuss America’s evolving but essential role in the liberal world order, drawing on the former's new book “The Jungle Grows Back.”
Trump and human rights. In an episode of the Brookings 5 on 45 podcast, Ted Piccone argues that some governments could use President Trump's focus on sovereignty during his U.N. speech as a shield to avoid being prosecuted for human rights abuses internationally.
The U.S.-Russia relationship. Amid a flurry of Russia-related foreign policy activity in Washington, Alina Polyakova and Filippos Letsas provide a continually updated timeline of major events in U.S.-Russia relations during the Trump presidency.
Crime in Mexico. Vanda Felbab-Brown writes that when Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office as Mexico’s president in December, he will need to focus on developing a detailed strategy for a transition to civilian policing and the rule of law, in order to combat criminal violence.
Civilian leadership of the military. The growing divide between civilians and military personnel since 9/11 has led to persuasive, persistent, and unrealistic myths that have eroded faith in civilian leadership of U.S. defense policy, argue Mara Karlin and Alice Hund Friend.
Democracy across Africa. At a recent Brookings event, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware discussed what the United States can do to better support democratic development across the continent of Africa. Adam Twardowski summarizes the proceedings.