The 2010s: The Return of Old-Fashioned Foreign Policy

In August of 2008 Russia and Georgia went to war, but you could be forgiven if you forgot about it. It lasted for five days, during which the wider world was focused on the opening of the Summer Olympics in Beijing. In the United States, the big foreign policy debate of the day was Iraq and it would be that war that would dominate the fall presidential campaign between Barack Obama and John…