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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 Four Ages of American Foreign Policy: Weak Power, Great Power, Superpower, Hyperpower (2022).

Articles and Events

The Sources of Chinese Conduct

The Sources of Chinese Conduct

China’s aggressive foreign policy has more than one cause, which means that it is likely to persist.

Michael Mandelbaum
Microchips and the Future of International Politics

Microchips and the Future of International Politics

Tiny fragments of one of the world's most common materials have become central to twenty-first-century geopolitics.

Michael Mandelbaum
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