Foreign Policy

In a new column for Foreign Policy, CIC senior fellow James Traub writes about the post-pandemic struggle for global prestige and economic dominance, and argues that both the U.S. and China are losing the fight.

"If some model has emerged as the winner of this dreadful sweepstakes, it is not China’s authoritarian one but rather that of the democracies that share China’s 'Asian values' of collective discipline, deference to authority, and faith in the state," Traub said.

Apr 27, 2020
James Traub
China, United States
Emerging Powers

In this op-ed for Foreign Policy, CIC's James Traub and Paul Von Chamier reflect on whether the spirit of solidarity in response to COVID-19 will translate into new policy choices.

"It is precisely the deep-seated inequality of Western societies that makes the imagery of  solidarity look so hollow—even though, for once, we are all in this together," Traub and Chamier argue. "Thanks to the very unequal suffering we have begun to experience, the coronavirus is likelier to deepen than to alleviate our social divisions. But it does not have to be so."

Mar 27, 2020
James Traub, Paul Von Chamier

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
Peace and Security

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