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Michael Mandelbaum

Michael Mandelbaum

Michael Mandelbaum is Christian A. Herter Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a member of the editorial board of American Purpose. He is the author of many books on foreign policy, including most recently The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth (2019).  

Articles and Events

Russia: The Burden of History

Russia: The Burden of History

The deep historical roots of Putin's autocracy make it difficult to establish the kind of government in Russia that will live in peace with its neighbors.

Michael Mandelbaum
Will the Best of All Possible Worlds Continue?

Will the Best of All Possible Worlds Continue?

An expansive American role in the world is crucial for global stability. Will the United States sustain such a role?

Michael Mandelbaum
As American as Apple Pie

As American as Apple Pie

The Israeli-American alliance rests on traditional geopolitical considerations but also, as Walter Russell Mead’s new book shows, on much more than that.

Michael Mandelbaum
The Great American Movie: The Godfather at Fifty
On Screen

The Great American Movie: The Godfather at Fifty

The iconic film about a New York crime family reprises some classic American themes–and it’s grand entertainment.

Michael Mandelbaum
How the United States Can Keep Iran from Getting the Bomb

How the United States Can Keep Iran from Getting the Bomb

America needs a more assertive policy toward Iran now in order to forestall a disaster later.

Michael Mandelbaum
Democracy’s Challenges and How to Meet Them

Democracy’s Challenges and How to Meet Them

Democracy faces different challenges in different places, which require different responses.

Michael Mandelbaum
Decisive Battles, Past and Present

Decisive Battles, Past and Present

The ongoing battle between Ukraine and Russia in Ukraine’s Donbas region recalls three great battles in the history of the United States.

Michael Mandelbaum
The Bankers Who Changed the World
Books

The Bankers Who Changed the World

Venture capital violates the norms of conventional banking and in so doing has helped to create Google, Facebook, Apple, and other giant, world-transforming businesses.

Michael Mandelbaum