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Principles & Pragmatism: Walking the Geopolitical Tightrope


Published April 9, 2024

Hoover Senior Fellow, Stephen Kotkin, explores the challenges of understanding and navigating the modern world order with an emphasis that language and terms used in global debates are often misleading and create false perceptions. The need to redefine and better articulate these terms, choose historical examples more wisely, and resist the temptation to adopt the tactics of adversaries is as immediately necessary as ever. Kotkin suggests that, ultimately, by understanding the true nature of power dynamics, embracing the strengths of open societies, and learning from the past, the United States will be better equipped to shape a prosperous and stable future in an increasingly complex world.

Check Out More from Stephen Kotkin:

  • Watch "The History Behind Russia's Expansionary Foreign Policy" with Stephen Kotkin here.
  • Watch "Why the West Won't Collapse" with Stephen Kotkin here.


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