Posted on: May 9, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Demonizing China Is Bad Policy for Everyone

Professor Stephen Walt of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard recently wrote an interesting piece for Foreign Policy where he posed the question of whether the rest of the world might prefer China’s “world order” to that of the United States. As Walt poses the question, “Are the liberal norms the United States and its closest allies espouse likely to be more attractive to others than China’s vocal defense…

Posted on: May 6, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

‘Equality’ is finally breaching Washington’s debate on Israel-Palestine

More on the new report from the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and US/Middle East Peace Project. In my piece for Responsible Statecraft I looked at the policy implications of the new paper. In this piece at +972 Magazine, I look more broadly at the implications for discourse and advocacy that arise from this paper. While many urge the US to “get out of the Middle East,” that remains a political impossibility.…

Posted on: May 4, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Washington elites embrace rights-based approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict

In the wake of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ cancellation of Palestinian elections–and, more to the point, of Israel’s cooperation in that act and the U.S.’ giving the idea a green light–it’s more important than ever to consider new ideas for ways forward. But any creative thinking has always been blocked by the near total immobility of the policy discourse in Washington. In this new piece at Responsible Statecraft, I look at…

Posted on: April 21, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

RTFP Joins 43 Other Organizations To Urge Biden to Provide Humanitarian Relief to Iran

I’m proud to say that ReThinking Foreign Policy has joined with 43 other organizations in sending this letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellin calling for immediate, humanitarian sanctions relief for Iran as they continue to be hamstrung in their efforts to battle COVID-19. I urge you all to do what you can to support the efforts of…

Posted on: April 19, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Whatever the verdict, the Derek Chauvin Trial Won’t Change Things

As the Derek Chauvin trial nears its climax, we should consider just how little throwing him jail will accomplish. Reinforcing our police-incarceration complex is not going to stop us from seeing the next George Floyd, Adam Toledo, Michael Brown, or Breonna Taylor. I explore these ideas in my latest piece on Medium.