Why Restraint Is Winning Over More of the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment

President Donald Trump walks off after a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Aug. 26, 2019 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
President Donald Trump walks off after a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Aug. 26, 2019 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
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Is restraint the answer to America’s foreign policy problems? The idea that the U.S. should avoid military interventions and rein in its global security commitments, instead emphasizing diplomacy and persuasion to advance its interests, has been steadily gaining ground over the past decade, helped along in that time by the failed U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Now restraint seems like a grand strategy whose time has come. In his column last week, Stewart Patrick discussed a recent book by three leading proponents making the case for restraint as the guiding logic of America’s engagement with the world. Barry […]

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