Author Archive

Thomas Wright

Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Thomas Wright is a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of the forthcoming book All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power.
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Will Trumpism Change Republican Foreign Policy Permanently?

The president did not just challenge Republican orthodoxy. He also blew up its establishment.

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Pompeo’s Surreal Speech on China

The secretary of state has some nerve to now claim that what is upside down is right side up.

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What a Shift in Britain's Foreign Policy Means for the US

Britain seems to be rejoining the fray, thinking strategically again.

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The Foreign Policy of 2021 Democrats

Joe Biden represents the so-called establishment’s last chance to reform U.S. foreign policy so it is better aligned with how Americans see the world.

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A Bigger Foreign-Policy Mess Than Anyone Predicted

In the 2010s, global affairs turned out far worse than the most pessimistic scenario foretold by U.S. intelligence experts.

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Why Elizabeth Warren’s Foreign Policy Worries America’s Allies

Finding savings in the defense budget is possible, of course, but getting to 11 percent will require real cuts to capabilities.

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Yes-Men Are Taking Over the Trump Administration

Trump is making foreign policy on the fly, seeking his personal advantage and undermining American power.

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A National-Security Problem Without Parallel in American Democracy

Democrats — candidates and lawmakers alike — should make it clear that they will impose consequences on any country that meddles with voting.

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Bolton’s Departure Signals Trump’s Foreign-Policy Pivot

The president is turning away from conflict and toward diplomacy—and that will shape his choice of the next national security adviser.

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The Problem at the Core of Progressive Foreign Policy

Democratic presidential candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have ambitious plans but seem unwilling to make the trade-offs they would require.

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Trump Has Defected from the Free World

The president crossed an important line when he canceled a meeting with the Danish prime minister.

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Trump’s Foreign-Policy Crisis Arrives

Competition between the U.S. and China may be inevitable, but if Trump and Xi mishandle the Hong Kong crisis, they could lose the ability to calibrate.

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Buttigieg Splits From the Progressives on Foreign Policy

He articulated a values-based liberal internationalism, even as he sometimes struggled to fill in the details.

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The Moment the Transatlantic Charade Ended

At the Munich Security Conference, Europe and the Trump administration stopped pretending to respect each other.

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What Trump's UN Speech Says About What Comes Next

His General Assembly speech laid out his worldview—and offered some clues about what could lie ahead.

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What’s Old Is New Again: It’s the Free World Vs. Neo-Authoritarians

The U.S. must abandon the notion of a liberal world order, and get to work deterring those who would bring down democracy.

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Trump Is Choosing Eastern Europe

That is the subtext of the mini-crises sparked by his ambassador to Germany and of a recent speech by the assistant secretary of state for Europe.

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Trump Risks Trading Away the US-South Korean Alliance

Kim Jong Un is offering a deal at a price that could be way too high—and that the president could easily accept.

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Trump’s National-Security Strategy Is Focused on Great Powers. He Isn’t.

On Tuesday, the president rushed past Russia and China to talk about immigrants, terrorism, and North Korea.