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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

Anatomy of a Blunder

Anatomy of a Blunder

NATO expansion redivided Europe, isolated Ukraine, and enabled Vladimir Putin.

Michael Mandelbaum
Remembering the Heroes

Remembering the Heroes

The Soviet Union, which came to an end thirty years ago this month, was an enormous, repressive prison. A few brave people resisted.­

Michael Mandelbaum
Democracy in India: Down but Not Out

Democracy in India: Down but Not Out

India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership has become less democratic, but that isn’t irreversible.

Michael Mandelbaum
In Defense of Meritocracy

In Defense of Meritocracy

It’s the worst system for deciding who gets society’s most important positions—except for all the others.

Michael Mandelbaum
The Inescapable Alfred Hitchcock
On Screen

The Inescapable Alfred Hitchcock

The cinematic achievements of the Master of Suspense remain vivid a century after they began.

Michael Mandelbaum

Continuing Liberty conference, September 20-22, 2021: "Allies" with Tom Tugendhat, Josef Joffe, Michael Mandelbaum, Réka Szemerkényi, and Carla Anne Robbins

Part of the Continuing Liberty conference. 9:00 a.m.—10:15 a.m. ET Allies Tom Tugendhat, UK House of Commons Josef Joffe, Johns Hopkins SAIS and American Purpose Michael Mandelbaum, Johns Hopkins SAIS and American Purpose Réka Szemerkényi, former ambassador of Hungary to the United States Moderator: Carla

American Purpose, Josef Joffe, Carla Anne Robbins, Michael Mandelbaum
Afghanistan: What Went Wrong?

Afghanistan: What Went Wrong?

The defeat was two decades in the making, and repeats other American failures at other times in other places.

Michael Mandelbaum
Fifty Years Ago: A Landmark Day in Economic History

Fifty Years Ago: A Landmark Day in Economic History

With a single dramatic stroke, President Richard Nixon ended one monetary era and began another, in which we are still living.

Michael Mandelbaum