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Net Assessment

Oct 29, 2021

Chris, Melanie, and Zack debate Madeleine Albright's recent article on “The Coming Democratic Revival” in Foreign Affairs. They discuss whether the United States is in a position to promote democracy and push back against autocracy abroad, or whether it needs to focus primarily on its own democratic institutions and processes. Melanie commends Nancy Mace for holding Steve Bannon to account. Chris calls out President Joe Biden for his recent confusing statement on Taiwan. And Zack remembers Colin Powell for a life well lived.


Madeleine K. Albright, “The Coming Democratic Revival,” Foreign Affairs, November/December 2021,

“As Sudan's Government Wobbles, Coups are Making a Comeback,” The Economist, Oct. 25, 2021,

Caitlyn Byrd, “SC's Nancy Mace Joins Democrats in Vote to Hold Steven Bannon in Contempt of Congress,” Oct. 21, 2021,

Jack Norton, Twitter, Oct. 25, 2021,

Jane Street, Twitter, Oct. 19, 2021,

Joseph R. Biden Jr., “Not So Deft On Taiwan,” Washington Post, May 2, 2001,

Josh Rudolph, “Regulating the Enablers,” Alliance for Securing Democracy, Sept. 2021,

Michael Cohen, “The Foreign Policy ‘Credibility’ Argument Is, Well, Not Credible,” The New Republic, Oct. 18, 2021,

NAEI Annual Student Competition, Atlantic Council,

Pew Research Center, “Citizens in Advanced Economies Want Significant Changes to Their Political Systems,” October 2021,

“SFRC Approves 33 Critical Foreign Policy Nominations,” United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Oct. 19, 2021,

Steven F. Knott, American Foreign Policy to 1899: Core Documents (Ashland, OH: Ashbrook Center, 2021),

Ted Galen Carpenter, “Biden and His Foreign Policy Team At Least Need to Get on the Same Page Regarding Taiwan,” Cato at Liberty Blog, Oct. 25, 2021,