Introducing The Hamiltonian

Gabriel Scheinmann

The United States is in the early stages of an unsettled era, one in which its gains and global standing of the last seventy-five years are being challenged from all directions … For those of us in Washington, the Afghanistan debate served as a stark reminder that nowhere is this great debate less settled than on college campuses. For young people, the contest over America’s role in the world is not a new phenomenon, but a baseline….

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The Constitution: Our First Alliance

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No Time to Wait in Getting Digital Trade Right

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What I Learned in Afghanistan

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Human Nature in Foreign Policy

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Mirror or Mirage: How the Cold War Relates to U.S.-China Relations

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