Realism and Restraint

Brad Nelson
Toward a Better US Foreign Policy
Created 14 Apr 2021
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  • Making Sense of AUKUS
    29 Sep 2021 • 9 min read
    Virtual press conference announcing the AUKUS security pact. U.S. President Joe Biden is flanked by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right). AF...
  • Afghanistan and America's Credibility
    03 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Taliban fighter snapping a photo of U.S. forces departing Kabul Airport. Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times. America's rushed exit from Afghanistan and the rise (once again) of the Taliban to power has rais...
  • What Is Happening in Afghanistan?
    20 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    Taliban fighters in Kabul. AP Photo/Rahmat Gul. I’m back with another conversation with my colleague Dr. Yohanes Sulaiman. This time we’re discussing America’s departure from Afghanistan and the alarm...
  • Assessing the First Six Months of Biden's Foreign Policy
    31 Jul 2021 • 11 min read • 2 2
    U.S. President Joe Biden with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Reuters. Below is a conversation I had this week with my colleague Dr. Yohanes Sulaiman. U.S. President Joe Biden has ...
  • The Biden-Putin Summit
    19 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo Now that the much-hyped Joe Biden-Vladimir Putin summit has come and gone, what should we make o...
  • The Taiwan Debate
    12 Jun 2021 • 11 min read • 2 0
    Photo of two PLA Jian-16 fighter jets, the same kind of aircraft that have entered Taiwanese airspace ealrier this year. Credit: 81.com Below is a conversation I’ve had this week with my colleague Dr....
  • Downsizing American Commitments and Forces in the Middle East
    28 May 2021 • 9 min read • 2 0
    A convoy of American military vehicles in Syria in 2019. Delil Souleiman / AFP / Getty Images Earlier this week, the Associated Press (AP) published a piece on the implications of the U.S. downsizing ...
  • Taking Stock of the Latest Palestinian-Israeli Violence
    22 May 2021 • 9 min read • 2 0
    A raging fire in Gaza. Photo: Youssef Massoud/AFP via Getty Images My new Substack page is now up and running! Welcome aboard and thanks for reading. My first post here is a conversation I’ve had over...
  • Toward a Better US Foreign Policy
    14 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read
    Welcome to Realism and Restraint by me, Brad Nelson. President & Co-Founder of @Conflict_Peace. Adjunct Professor of political science @SaintXavier. @OhioState PHD. Sign up now so you don’t miss the f...
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