Foreign Policy

  • Image from a Fall 2016 Lecture on Pope Francis' encyclical.

    Fall 2019 Event Series Announced

    Pell Center has announced its event series for Fall 2019. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with questions. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about when tickets become available. All … Read More

  • Dr. Iskander Rehman’s Detailed Study of Cardinal Richelieu’s Grand Strategy Released by Texas National Security Review

    In the latest issue of the leading national security journal Texas National Security Review, Senior Fellow Dr. Iskander Rehman engages in a detailed and interdisciplinary analysis of Cardinal Richelieu’s grand strategy during the Thirty Years’ War. One of history’s more polarizing figures, Richelieu is perhaps best known for three things: his unabashed authoritarianism, his efforts to stiffen the sinews of the French state, and his controversial decision to position France … Read More

  • Democracy is America’s Most Potent Asset

    The next American president should get back to celebrating the moral power of democracy.  This was standard fare for President Ronald Reagan—in fact it was pretty standard throughout the Cold War.  The fact that democracy promotion is little more than a slogan and not a centerpiece of American foreign policy is a mistake. We are leaving our most powerful asset unused in the global competition that will shape the 21st … Read More

  • Rosella Cappella Zielinski on Story in the Public Square

    The Costs of War with Dr. Rosella Cappella Zielinski

    Air Dates: January 5-6, 2018 The costs of war are measured lives and treasure.  As of the day we produced this episode, 6,979 Americans have lost their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dr. Rosella Cappella Zielinski warns that the financial costs of these wars have profound meaning for the United States, our politics, and our economy. Rosella Cappella Zielinski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at … Read More

  • Jeffrey Lewis on Story in the Public Square

    The 2020 Commission Report with Jeffrey Lewis

    Rebroadcast dates: January 26-27, 2018 Original Air Dates: December 1-2, 2018 National security analysts typically ground their work in a deep appreciation of history, context, and contemporary politics. Jeffrey Lewis adds a sophisticated understanding of nuclear weapons and the states seeking them to describe a catastrophic potential future of the U.S. relationship with North Korea. Dr. Jeffrey Lewis is the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS. Before … Read More

  • Are the United States and China in a New Cold War?

    The Texas National Security Review recently gathered a group of Asia-watchers and historically-minded scholars to discuss whether the tensions between the United States and China amount to a 21st century Cold War. Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman chaired the roundtable, providing the following introductory essay :   For over two decades, Western academics and policymakers have struggled to define the nature and scope of the challenge posed by China’s rise.1 In the early 1990s, the … Read More

  • Timor Sea Map

    Timor Leste, Australia, and the International Order

    Evidence abounds that the international order created by the victors of World War II is under assault.  Current leaders seem to believe that might does, in fact, make right.  Hard power, it seems, is supreme.  In fact, the long-discredited social-Darwinian pursuit of conquest, natural resources, and power again has a following.  But occasionally, positive news breaks through the noise to sustain our faith in the system that has preserved great-power … Read More

  • Donald Trump speaking

    The End of Moderate Conservatism: Foreign and Domestic Ramifications

    As a tumultuous year comes to a close, Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman takes a deep look at some of the more profound transformations underway under the Trump administration—whether  in the realm of politics or foreign affairs.   Rise of the Reactionaries: The American Far Right and U.S. Foreign Policy Many of Trump’s core foreign policy beliefs are less unique than they seem at first, stemming from a longstanding reactionary tradition … Read More

  • PICKS OF THE WEEK: GERMANY’S ELECTIONS AND ITS RAMIFICATIONS

    “After the Election, Germany’s Democracy Faces its Hardest Test Since 1949” | The Washington Post “Revenge of the East? How Anger in the Former GDR Helped the AFD” | The Guardian “A Jamaica Germany is Good for Europe” | The Financial Times “Macron’s European Defense Doctrine” | Carnegie Europe This week, Chancellor Angela Merkel secured her fourth term in office, prolonging her already extended reign (11 years) as the European Union’s longest serving leader. … Read More

  • Great Power Rivalry and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era

    Panelists: Dr. Thomas Wright, director of the Center for the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution Dr. James Goldgeier, Professor of International Relations and served as Dean of the School of International Service at American University On September 13th, the Pell Center will host Dr. Thomas Wright and Professor James Goldgeier for a conversation on U.S. foreign … Read More