Project Publications

Non-RAND Publications

  • Cover: Preserving the Post-War Order

    Preserving the Post-War OrderSummer 2017

    Michael J. Mazarr

    There is abundant evidence that the norms and institutions of the post-war international order have helped stabilize world politics and promote U.S. interests, but it appears to be under intense strain from multiple challenges. Senior political scientist Michael Mazarr examines the future prospects of the post-war, American-sponsored order in The Washington Quarterly.

  • Cover: The Once and Future Order

    The Once and Future Order: What Comes After Hegemony?January/February 2017

    Michael J. Mazarr

    Few foreign policy issues have attracted more attention in recent years than the problem of sustaining the U.S.-led liberal international order. Senior political scientist Michael Mazarr examines the profound foreign policy tasks facing an incoming U.S. administration in this essay published by Foreign Affairs.

  • Cover: World Order: What, Exactly, are the Rules?

    World Order: What, Exactly, are the Rules?April 29, 2016

    Stewart Patrick

    The international rules-based order established after World War II seems to be under relentless pressure, threatening its foundations existentially. An essay in the Washington Quarterly by Stewart Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, examines the post-1945 world order including its attributes, threats to it, its vulnerabilities, and the goals that should shape U.S. policy moving forward.


  • U.S. President Donald Trump is shown on a large screen as he addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017

    The Multilateral Order Makes America Stronger

    Skeptics have suggested that U.S. interests and support for the international community are somehow mutually exclusive. In fact, international institutions, rules, and norms have mostly worked in the U.S. interest, not against it. The Trump administration has an opportunity to build on that record with a strong agenda of reform and support.

  • A row of flags from various countries

    America's Biggest Edge: The International Order

    Evidence shows that many countries consider themselves part of an emerging global community. This represents America's most potent competitive advantage. U.S. strategy is stronger when it works to reflect and build such a community.

  • China's President Xi Jinping watches during a gift handover ceremony at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2017

    China's Opportunity—and Ours

    A pivotal moment could be nearing for China's global role and its relationship with the United States. And America may be able to seize a historic opportunity to test Beijing's willingness to act as the co-sponsor of a stable world order.

  • President Richard M. Nixon meeting in the Oval Office with Vice President Gerald R. Ford, Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, and Chief of Staff Alexander Haig, 1973

    The World Has Passed the Old Grand Strategies By

    The international order is in the midst of an epochal shift, and a new administration will have to rethink basic organizing concepts for America's role in the world. The truth about grand strategy today is that the United States badly needs new options.

  • President Vladimir Putin speaks during an award ceremony marking the Day of Russia at the Kremlin in Moscow, June 12, 2016

    Russia and America: The World Is Big Enough for Both of Us

    The United States' approach to Russia — and any other great power — over the coming decade will ultimately be more effective if grounded in the rules, norms, and institutions that have come to characterize the postwar global system.

  • Uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base, March 5, 2014

    Struggle in the Gray Zone and World Order

    Recent experience suggests that the targets of gray zone campaigns recognize them for what they are — aggressive efforts to overturn the status quo. Gray zone aggression often prompts exactly the sort of reactions it's meant to avoid.

  • Russian servicemen walk in formation as they take part in a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, April 16, 2015

    The Strange Debates of Strategy

    The United States and its allies confront a specific form of statecraft; not new, but real and relevant. And most observers who have looked at the problem tend to agree that the U.S. is ill-prepared for such tactics, in part because it simply has not thought of them as a coherent approach worthy of a tailored response.