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Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart
Peter Beinart is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and a professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York.
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Democrats Are Allowing Trump to Frame the Debate on China

If they keep speaking the GOP’s language, it will haunt them for years to come.

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Even a Bolder Biden Will Only Go So Far

The pandemic has expanded his ambitions—just not enough to challenge the Pentagon.

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But What About China?

To treat great-power competition as an afterthought is irresponsible, even dangerous. The 2020 presidential candidates did just that.

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Bolton Keeps Trying to Goad Iran Into War

For more than a decade, he’s consistently promoted war with Iran. All that has changed are the pretexts he’s offering to justify one.

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How Is Iran Worse Than Saudi Arabia?

A rational foreign policy would view Tehran as a normal regional power jockeying with equally sharp-elbowed foes. 2020 Democrats can lead the way.

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Why Trump Is Trying to Create a Crisis

The president didn’t declare a state of national emergency on Tuesday night, but he laid the foundation for doing so.

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What Elizabeth Warren’s Speech Says About The Left’s Foreign-Policy Debate

The senator from Massachusetts will deliver a speech on Thursday that demonstrates her differences with other progressives—particularly with respect to China.

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Trump Hobbled Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism

The administration cut programs designed to prevent atrocities like Pittsburgh.

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America Needs a Non-Unipolar Foreign Policy

Trump’s election should remind Congress and policymakers that the U.S. cannot do it all.

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NATO Doesn’t Need 4% Defense Spending

Trump's new call for allies to spend 4 percent of their GDPs on defense makes no sense. Even America shouldn't do that.

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How Sanctions Feed Authoritarianism

Past experience shows that economic pressure does change societies—but it mostly facilitates hardliners. Iran’s regime may be next.

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A Radical Pick for the National Security Council

John Bolton’s new chief of staff comes from the Center for Security Policy, a group that was largely shunned by conservatives in Washington—but is making a comeback in the Trump era.

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'All Is Shambles': The Days After the Iran Deal

Prominent advocates for withdrawal grappled too little with the possibility that the president cannot pull this off.

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Iran Hawks Are the New Iraq Hawks

Many of the assumptions that guided America’s march to conflict in 2003 still dominate American foreign policy today.

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Is Trump Preparing for War With North Korea?

The omissions in the State of the Union, and the fate of Victor Cha, all point in the same direction.

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Islamophobia No Longer Needs Terrorism as a Justification

Conservatives are finding new justifications for anti-Muslim sentiments—and embedding them more deeply in America’s political terrain.

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South Korea Is Right

Trump has characterized its policy as “appeasement.” But Seoul’s approach is far more sensible than Washington’s.

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How Trump Could Get China's Help on North Korea

Beijing is not going to pressure Pyongyang just because he tells them to.

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Trump Republicans See Putin's Russia As a New Front Line Against Islam

Conservatives are divided on whether Putin’s Russia is a totalitarian enemy or a defender of the Christian West.