Thomas Wright, Defense One

Thomas Wright

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Past articles by Thomas:

Putin Is Taking a Huge Gamble

His decision to assemble an invasion force along Russia’s border with Ukraine suggests that we are about to enter a dangerous new phase of international relations. → Read More

Joe Biden Worries That China Might Win

The president has put his finger on an important geopolitical development. → Read More

The U.S. and China Finally Get Real With Each Other

The exchange in Alaska may have seemed like a debacle, but it was actually a necessary step to a more stable relationship between the two countries. → Read More

The Risk of John Kerry Following His Own China Policy

Any progress on climate change will be lost if the frame is one of a grand bargain with Beijing. → Read More

The Fraught Politics Facing Biden’s Foreign Policy

His presidency may be the establishment’s last best chance to demonstrate that liberal internationalism is a superior strategy to populist nationalism. → Read More

Will Trumpism Change Republican Foreign Policy Permanently?

The president did not just challenge Republican orthodoxy. He also blew up its establishment. → Read More

Pompeo’s Surreal Speech on China

The secretary of state has some nerve to now claim that what is upside down is right side up. → Read More

What a Shift in Britain's Foreign Policy Means for the US

Britain seems to be rejoining the fray, thinking strategically again. → Read More

What Matters Most Is That Bolton Publishes the Book Before the Election

I’m no fan of his, but he is doing a service to the nation by speaking out. → Read More

How Should Biden Handle China?

Look to Europe for lessons. → Read More

The Foreign Policy of 2021 Democrats

Joe Biden represents the so-called establishment’s last chance to reform U.S. foreign policy so it is better aligned with how Americans see the world. → Read More

How Donald Trump thinks about Iran

On October 6, 1980 Donald Trump was interviewed by Rona Barrett, one of America’s most famous gossip columnists, on NBC. It was several weeks before Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in the presi… → Read More

A Bigger Foreign-Policy Mess Than Anyone Predicted

In the 2010s, global affairs turned out far worse than the most pessimistic scenario foretold by U.S. intelligence experts. → Read More

Why Elizabeth Warren’s Foreign Policy Worries America’s Allies

Finding savings in the defense budget is possible, of course, but getting to 11 percent will require real cuts to capabilities. → Read More

The Yes-Men Have Taken Over the Trump Administration

As the president has freed himself from the “adults,” he has also weaponized American foreign policy for his personal advantage. → Read More

A National-Security Problem Without Parallel in American Democracy

Democrats — candidates and lawmakers alike — should make it clear that they will impose consequences on any country that meddles with voting. → Read More

Bolton’s Departure Signals Trump’s Foreign-Policy Pivot

The president is turning away from conflict and toward diplomacy—and that will shape his choice of the next national security adviser. → Read More

The Problem at the Core of Progressive Foreign Policy

Democratic presidential candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have ambitious plans but seem unwilling to make the trade-offs they would require. → Read More

Trump Has Defected from the Free World

The president crossed an important line when he canceled a meeting with the Danish prime minister. → Read More

Trump’s Foreign-Policy Crisis Arrives

Competition between the U.S. and China may be inevitable, but if Trump and Xi mishandle the Hong Kong crisis, they could lose the ability to calibrate. → Read More