Diplomatic History

Donald Trump and Leverage

In this excerpt from The Leverage Paradox, Robert M. Hathaway discusses how the current administration can look to history for lessons on how to move forward with U.S.-Pakistan relations.  You can download the full book or request a hard copy on our website.

Doubling Down on Pakistan

President Trump has doubled down on U.S. policy toward Pakistan.  On New Year’s Day, before most of us were even out of bed, Trump fired off a seemingly out-of-the-blue Twitter blast at Pakistan, accusing America’s problematic ally of giving us “nothing but lies & deceit.”  Pakistan provides “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.  No more!”

Interpreting the Bomb: Ownership and Deterrence in Ukraine’s Nuclear Discourse

Image: The SS-18 ICBM, produced in Soviet Ukraine, on display at the Strategic Missile Forces Museum in Pervomaysk. Photo by Polina Sinovets.

Launch-The Leverage Paradox: Pakistan and the United States

How are smaller, weaker countries able to successfully defy American power? Why does the United States so frequently fail to turn its vast power into leverage? These are among the central questions facing the Trump administration today. This event marks the launch of The Leverage Paradox, a new study by Robert M. Hathaway that unravels the troubled relationship between Pakistan and the United States to explore these crucial questions about the use of American power. 

Japan’s Foreign Policy toward Korean Peninsula in the Détente Era: An Attempt at Multilayered Policy

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NKIDP Working Paper #6

Japan’s Foreign Policy toward Korean Peninsula in the Détente Era: An Attempt at Multilayered Policy

Choi Kyungwon
November 2017

2018 Ukrainian Nuclear History Fellowship

The Odessa Center for Nonproliferation (OdCNP), a partner of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, invites applications for a fellowship hosted in Odessa, Ukraine. The Fellowship is an opportunity for scholars and researchers to conduct research on themes pertaining to the nuclear history of Ukraine. This fellowship is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply for the 2018 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

Extended Deadline: Applications are now due Sunday, February 18, 2018. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST.

 

Chinese-North Korean Relations: Drawing the Right Historical Lessons

Starting in the mid-1970s, Pyongyang began reaching out to Washington to replace the Korean War armistice with a peace agreement. Yet, as declassified US records suggest, as Washington prepared to normalize relations with Beijing in the late 1970s, President Carter’s national security team determined that there was little intrinsic value to talking directly with North Korea. Instead, the US would rely on what it believed—incorrectly—to be China’s influence over the DPRK.

Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

Richard McGregor’s Asia’s Reckoning is a compelling account of the widening geopolitical cracks in a region that has flourished under an American security umbrella for more than half a century.

Fall 2017 Internship: Mapping North Korea’s Nuclear Program

This position has been filled for the fall and we are no longer accepting applications.

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