My Republica

Richard N Haass

Structure of diplomatic revolution

April 21, 2019 01:05 AM

NEW YORK – It has been nearly 60 years since the philosopher and historian Thomas Kuhn wrote his influential book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn’s thesis was simple but heretical: Breakthroughs in science occur not through the gradual accumulation of small changes to existing thinking, but rather from the sudden emergence of radical ideas that cause existing models to be replaced with something fundamentally different.

After Hanoi

March 20, 2019 01:00 AM

Trump seems to harbor the equally unrealistic notion that North Korea will voluntarily give up its nuclear weapons

Looming Taiwan crisis

February 20, 2019 00:30 AM

Crisis over Taiwan could wreck China’s relations with the US and many of its neighbors and rock an already shaky Chinese economy

Agonizing over Afghanistan

January 16, 2019 00:30 AM

America’s policy in Afghanistan should be one that avoids the risks of a rapid, unconditional exit but also minimizes the costs of staying

Europe in disarray

December 18, 2018 00:30 AM

European Union has been too remote, too bureaucratic, and too elite-driven for too long

The world George Bush made

December 4, 2018 00:30 AM

The US flourished as a result of the many contributions of its 41st president. Many benefited

Inconvenient truth

November 22, 2018 00:30 AM

Saudi strategy for dealing with the outcry over Khashoggi’s murder is clear: hunker down and weather the storm

Face reality in Turkey

August 26, 2018 00:30 AM

Imposition of additional US tariffs allows Erdoğan to blame his country’s economic woes on America, rather than on his own government’s incompetence

Summing up Trump summits

August 1, 2018 00:30 AM

Trump prefers free-flowing sessions in which the written outcome can be vague, as it was in Singapore, or non-existent, as it was in Helsinki

Summit’s uncertain legacy

June 18, 2018 00:30 AM

Missing was any definition of what denuclearization might entail, a timeline for implementation, or a reference to how any actions would be verified

Opportunity for America and China

June 6, 2018 00:30 AM

North Korea could be the best thing for the relationship between the USA and China since the collapse of the Soviet Union

Wrong strategy on Syria

April 24, 2018 00:23 AM

Somewhat smaller strike undertaken a year ago failed to change Syrian behavior, and the latest attack is no more likely to do so.

Liberal world order, RIP

March 25, 2018 00:30 AM

Three components of liberal world order—liberalism, universality, and the preservation of order itself—are being challenged as never before

Cold War II

February 27, 2018 00:30 AM

A quarter-century after the end of the Cold War, we unexpectedly find ourselves in a second one. It is both different and familiar

Pakistan conundrum

January 16, 2018 00:30 AM

Pakistan wants an Afghanistan in which the Taliban play a dominant role. The US, for many reasons, does not.

Trump logic

December 18, 2017 00:30 AM

The only plan to this Israeli government is likely to agree will offer Palestinians far less than they have demanded.

Trump goes to China

November 8, 2017 00:30 AM

Trump and Xi must find a way to defuse the looming crisis on the Korean Peninsula, or manage the results should diplomacy fail.

Asia in turmoil

August 20, 2017 00:35 AM

TOKYO: It is too soon to know whether and how the challenge posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs will be resolved. But it is not too early to consider what that challenge could mean for a part of the world that has in many ways defied history.

North Korea lessons

July 26, 2017 00:30 AM

The alternatives for dealing with nuclear proliferation do not necessarily improve with the passage of time.

Filling America’s shoes

June 26, 2017 00:15 AM

A shift away from US-dominated world of structured relationships and standing institutions and toward something else is under way