Welcome to my new column. Why Eagle View? The bald eagle has been the national bird of the United States since 1782 – its official status is older than the US constitution. And this column will be looking at global affairs through a distinctly American lens.
A few decades ago, such a proclamation would have been unremarkable. During the Cold War and the post-Cold War eras, Americans often conflated international relations with US foreign policy, a source of perennial frustration for allies and neutrals.
In this century, the concept of positionality has become more important, so it is worth stressing my orientation at the outset. I have lived and worked in a number of countries, but my perspective is American.