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Progressive Foreign Policy

I have a new article about progressive foreign policy up at Foreign Affairs. An excerpt:

During the 2016 primary and general election, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton often appeared to represent a Democratic foreign policy establishment whose views might have been ripped from 2003, when the United States could still claim to be, in the words of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, “the indispensable nation”; and a number of luminaries released a blueprint for “progressive internationalism” that staked out a position between the “neo-imperialist right” and the “non-interventionist left.” Clinton, of course, voted for the 2003 Iraq War and supported the 2011 intervention in Libya. But her primary challenger from the left, Senator Bernie Sanders, delayed articulating such an alternative foreign policy agenda until his 2017 speech at Westminster College.

All of this is particularly unfortunate. The new gilded age—of corporate power, concentrated wealth, environmental dangers, corruption—demands a strong progressive movement. But that movement also faces challenges reminiscent of the era of New Deal liberalism: a rising tide of right-wing extremism, post-fascism, and neofascism, at home and abroad. These threats are simultaneously national and transnational in character. Their solutions require a combination of domestic and multilateral efforts, none of which will be possible without U.S. leadership harnessed to progressive goals. Abandoning the infrastructure of U.S. international influence because of its many misuses and abuses will hamstring progressives for decades to come.

ISQ Online Symposia


We produced supplemental content for International Studies Quarterly in the form of online symposia. We used to do this at a site hosted by the International Studies Association, which owns the journal.

About a year ago, ISA discontinued support for the site in anticipation of transitioning to a “common portal” at Oxford University Press. So we are hosting our symposia at ISQ‘s Dataverse page. We then publicize them via Twitter, Facebook, and OUP.

However, downloading symposium from Dataverse is a bit cumbersome, as it requires a multi-stage process. So I’ve decided to also host them here. I’ll mirror new symposia at a dedicated page and, eventually, fill in the back catalog. I just uploaded up our new symposium, put together by Abe Newman, on Henry Farrell’s and John Quiggin’s account of the rise and fall of Keynesian responses to the Great Recession of 2008.

Abe secured a great group of contributors, so you should check it out.