Introducing Our Spring 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellows

The Marcellus Policy Fellowship is the John Quincy Adams Society’s most selective program, providing promising foreign policy minds an early-career opportunity to produce independent, impact-minded research under expert guidance. Fellows learn about US foreign policy from top scholars and path-breaking thinkers, refining their own ideas into a high-quality policy paper and supporting materials. The Society […]

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Paving the Way for Peace: U.S. Restraint on the Korean Peninsula (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Daniel Baxter, Fall 2020 Marcellus Policy Fellow The United States’s military presence in South Korea has outlasted its historical mission and strategic purpose. In the 70 years since the beginning of the Korean War, South Korea has transformed itself from one of the poorest countries on Earth to a $1.5 trillion economic powerhouse. South […]

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Why America Should Return to the Powell Doctrine (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

The Powell Doctrine offers a series of criteria that can guide the U.S. to a more restrained foreign policy that will yield better results in future conflicts. Historically, when the criteria have been considered – regardless of whether policymakers knew that they were part of the Powell Doctrine the U.S. was able to avoid quagmires […]

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A Smarter Social Media Strategy for the Middle East (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Thomas Brodey, Fall 2020 Marcellus Policy Fellow The past twenty years have shown that the United States’ attempt to destroy Middle Eastern terrorist groups through force is economically unsustainable and militarily inconclusive. Clearly, the United States should give alternative methods of curbing terrorism a serious look. One of the most promising of these alternative […]

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A Better Reset: How to Improve U.S.-Russian Relations (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Matthew Mai, Fall 2020 Marcellus Policy Fellow Relations between the United States and Russia are at a post-Cold War low. The enlargement of the NATO alliance to include former Soviet bloc countries has precipitated Russian military interventions in Georgia and Ukraine that have led to tense diplomatic crises. These interventions, motivated by a fear […]

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Managing Iran’s Proxies: A Path to De-escalation (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Geoff LaMear, Fall 2020 Marcellus Policy Fellow The United States faces the threat of rocket and IED attacks by Iran-backed militias in Iraq. Rather than double down on failed deterrence strategies, the United States should withdraw all military forces from Iraq. With fewer potential targets, there are fewer chances for attacks targeting American personnel. […]

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Revisiting the U.S.-Philippine Alliance (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Daniel Remler, Fall 2020 Marcellus Policy Fellow The U.S.-Philippine alliance must be changed to keep up with changes in the strategic environment in Asia. The alliance was first forged in the context of the Cold War struggle with the Soviet Union, before being redefined in the 1990s and 2000s as part of the Global […]

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Restraint Solutions for a Failing Venezuela (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Lucy Santora, Fall 2020 Marcellus Policy Fellow The United States must support its ally Colombia in aiding Venezuela to protect human life and bring stability to the region. The goal is to assist in the resurrection of the Venezuelan rule of law and civil society. The first steps will include reducing economic sanctions that […]

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Spending Towards Strategy: Restructuring the U.S. Navy to Support Offshore Balancing (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Tyler Koteskey, Fall 2020 Marcellus Policy Fellow America is entering a period where greater economic constraints will force overdue reevaluations of its grand strategy and security priorities. As our nation contends with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the credibility of our current commitments abroad is increasingly under strain. America’s grand strategy should reflect […]

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