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Hal Brands

Hal Brands

Hal Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. His latest book is "American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump."

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There’s No George Kennan in the Trump Administration

Every foreign policy planner secretly wants to be the next George Kennan.

Vaccine Diplomacy Is the New Space Race

The space race was the ultimate symbol of Cold War technological competition between the US and the

Trump Delivered Three Foreign Policy Triumphs

Foreign policy is typically a secondary issue in presidential campaigns.

Pentagon’s New Plan to Fight China and Russia in the Gray Zone

When it comes to relations among the great powers, conflict and competition are not the same thing.

Little War in the Caucasus Has Big Lessons for US and Russia

Small wars can tell you a lot about the biggest geopolitical and military issues of the day.

Trump Thinks America Should Go It Alone. Americans Disagree

After nearly four years of President Donald Trump, are Americans still broadly committed to a global

Should America Boycott China’s 2022 Olympics?

The Olympics are nominally apolitical, but only the willingly credulous believe that.

An Asian NATO? The US has Better Options for its Allies

The question that may decide the future of the Indo-Pacific region, and of the US-China rivalry, is

China’s Nuclear Buildup Changes Balance of Power

It wouldn’t be a new cold war without an accelerating nuclear arms race.

Does the US Need to Fear That China Might Invade Taiwan?

No scenario worries American strategists like a possible war with China over Taiwan.

The 18th-Century Document That Can Save 21st-Century Foreign Policy

Foreign-policy types never tire of arguing about the great works of strategy: Clausewitz, Machiavell

How Far Will China’s Surveillance State Stretch?

It’s no secret, of course, that the People’s Republic of China has been building a high-tech surveil

If America and China Go to War, It Won’t Be an Accident

US-China relations are deteriorating by the day, and the bad news is that the two countries could

The Upside of a New Cold War With China

The American founders believed that prolonged rivalry and conflict abroad would eventually degrade t

Here’s Why China Wants Trump to Win

Why would the government of China — a country that President Donald Trump has hit with tariffs and s


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