Tag Archives: American Foreign Policy

US-Russia Relations: An Overview

In order to understand why the US and Russia have seemingly incompatible goals in Syria, we need to understand the broader trends in US-Russian relations since the end of the Cold War. In short, the breakdown in relations is a product of longstanding disagreements over each state’s national security and core interests. Continue reading

American Statebuilding in Japan and Iraq

While American-occupied Japan and Iraq have distinct differences, the success of statebuilding in Japan and failure in Iraq can be understood using the same international relations (IR) theories. Two realist theories, the security dilemma and the balance of power, alongside the liberal selectorate theory can explain why the US effort in Japan succeeded yet failed in Iraq. Continue reading