Foreign Policy

In a new column for Foreign Policy, Non-Resident Fellow James Traub argues changing US policy on Syria is forcing an overdue conversation about America's role in the Middle East.

Traub draws on Democratic presidential candidates' debate statements about President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria to explore the emerging "dogma of restraint" and its implications for the future.

Read the full column at Foreign Policy here.

Oct 16, 2019
James Traub

In Foreign Policy, Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project director Barnett Rubin calls on the US to maintain aid to Afghanistan to keep the peace process alive amid the impact of COVID-19.

"The impact on Afghanistan of coronavirus in the United States may rival or exceed that of the breakup of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991," Rubin writes."A complete drawdown of U.S. aid and military support for the Afghan government could well lead the country to collapse."

Mar 26, 2020
Barnett Rubin

A US withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement in Afghanistan, but success will depend on regional powers and the country’s neighbors. 

Mar 11, 2019
Barnett Rubin

Non-Resident Fellow James Traub writes that the French will remain restive unless and until the effects of their president’s ambitious reforms kick in.

Dec 01, 2018
James Traub

From the United States to Germany, the West is booming—but the public hasn’t regained an appetite for liberalism.

Oct 31, 2018
James Traub

Jason Stearns, Director of the Congo Research Group, talks to Foreign Policy about the upcoming elections in the Congo.

Aug 03, 2018
Jason Stearns

The big question for the world is whether the United States will now follow its old Iraq playbook, too. CIC Non-Resident Fellow James Traub digs deeper. 

Jun 11, 2018
James Traub
East Asia

Non-Resident Fellow James Traub argues in his latest article for Foreign Policy that one year after his election, it's clear Emmanuel Macron isn't just a president — he's a liberal man of providence.

Jun 05, 2018
James Traub

The chancellor's response to the refugee crisis was going to be her downfall. Then Germany's welfare state kicked in.

Sep 21, 2017
James Traub

Donald Trump Jr.’s actions might rise to the level of criminal conspiracy against the republic, but it probably wouldn't even matter.

Jul 14, 2017
James Traub
United States