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On the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq it's worth reflecting on whether containment - rather than intervention - is Washington's preferred option in dealing with crises.

Read the full Deutsche Welle article here

Mar 22, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, United States

In late 2011, the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, the Center for American Progress, and the Stanley Foundation formed a study group of US and Chinese experts, including CIC Director Bruce Jones, to evaluate the role of the G-20 in the US-China bilateral relationship as well as how the relationship influences the G-20. After meeting for two conferences over the course of 2012, the group reached consensus on a set of recommendations to improve the efficacy of this important body.

Mar 11, 2013
Bruce Jones
China, United States

European soldiers, often mocked by American analysts in recent years, are back in fashion.

Read the full World Politics Review article here

Feb 11, 2013
Richard Gowan

History may be about to play a nasty trick on the Obama administration. The diplomatic renaissance in the U.S. seems to be coinciding with a worrying decline in interest in diplomacy among other powers.

Read the full World Politics Review article here 

Jan 07, 2013
Richard Gowan

Most Europeans are relieved at the re-election of Barack Obama. But in his second term he will face greater pressure to cut costs and will likely continue the US "pivot" to Asia. Though transatlantic security cooperation will continue, Europe now needs to grow up and focus on managing the crises in its own backyard.

Read the full European Council on Foreign Relations Policy Memo here

Nov 15, 2012
Richard Gowan
Europe, United States

7 things the U.N. can finally get around to doing now that the U.S. election is over.

Read the full Foreign Policy article here

Nov 09, 2012
Richard Gowan
United States
United Nations

U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to get what they hoped for at the annual U.N. General Assembly after closing ranks to send a message to Iran that it may face war over its nuclear program.

Read the full Reuters article here

Oct 01, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, United States

President Barack Obama has placed multilateralism and the United Nations at the forefront of his foreign policy.

But he's just not that into it right now.

Read the full Foreign Policy article here.

Sep 21, 2012
Richard Gowan
United States
United Nations

 In April 2009 President Barack Obama announced: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. . . .

Mar 01, 2012
Bruce Jones, Thomas Wright
United States