An Alternative to Maximum Pressure in Venezuela (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By A.J. Manuzzi, Spring 2022 Marcellus Policy Fellow The continuity of the Trump Administration’s “maximum pressure” policy towards Venezuela into the Biden Administration has failed to generate meaningful political change while prolonging and exacerbating humanitarian suffering and sabotaging intra-Venezuelan negotiations. The current policy, characterized by the pursuit of regime change through crushing economic sanctions, clashes […]

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Charting a New Path Forward for the US-NATO Relationship (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Jordan King, Spring 2022 Marcellus Policy Fellow The United States no longer needs to act as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) primary security guarantor. After World War II, the United States recognized a unique opportunity to rebuild the economies of Western Europe, establish itself as a hegemonic power on the continent, and build […]

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Deadly Garage Sales: Using the Excess Defense Articles Program Strategically (Marcellus Policy Analysis

By Andrew Jarocki, Spring 2022 Marcellus Policy Fellow The Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program is the Department of Defense’s mechanism for getting rid of unneeded military equipment by providing it to other nations on a grant or sale basis. EDA transfers can have both financial and strategic benefits for the United States. However, this report […]

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Sanctions and Strategic Autonomy: Course Correcting the US-India Partnership (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By James Himberger, Spring 2022 Marcellus Policy Fellow China’s economic, political, and military ascent in the 21st century has triggered an unprecedented convergence of Indian and American interests. Since the George W. Bush administration, each American president has sought to maintain and expand its partnership with New Delhi. Members of Congress from both parties are […]

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A New Balancing Act: Rejecting War & Protecting Taiwan (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Matthew Gallagher, Spring 2022 Marcellus Policy Fellow If maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region — and if preserving the economic autonomy, political freedom, and human rights of Taiwan — is in the national interest, then U.S. policy must adapt to changing security conditions. The U.S. should commit to military non-intervention if the […]

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Introducing the winners of the 2022 Student Foreign Policy Essay Contest

The question of whether to commit to defend Taiwan to the brink of nuclear escalation should be made on its own terms, rather than subsumed in a project to protect hegemony or bolster democracy. Samuel Gardner-Bird, 2022 Winner The United States’ primary security interest in Ukraine is a stable relationship with Russia, but you would […]

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Reforming Foreign Military Financing (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Byron Stokes, Fall 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow Utilizing foreign military financing (FMF) has been a key tool in the U.S. foreign policy toolkit. From 2010 – 2020 over $48B has been spent on U.S. foreign military aid in the Middle East. Investments continue to flow into the region, even as U.S. influence has dwindled […]

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Our Spring 2022 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 U.S. 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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For the Defense of East Asia: Recommendations for US Policy (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Zoe Desch, Fall 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow The United States’s pivot to Asia has suffered from inconsistency across its diplomatic, military, and economic fronts. A coherent strategy benefits the U.S. by properly balancing and consistently applying its foreign policy tools in the region. The U.S.’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control–a strategy of military primacy–is […]

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Rethinking War Powers: Options for Reestablishing Congressional Authority over US Foreign Policy (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Alyssa Kann, Fall 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow American military actions—most not subject to public scrutiny or congressional accountability—have occurred in at least 20 countries in 20 years. These military operations have been made possible through increasingly broad presidential war powers, despite the fact that the Constitution reserved most war powers for Congress. In addition […]

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