BosniaThe First Shall Be Last – Getting “America First” Right

The appeal of “putting America first” and the UK’s Brexit reflect the rise of nationalism. Matched with a rising China, a belligerent Russia and an ascendant Iran and you have a dangerous global landscape. Advancing America’s best interests has always necessitated attracting allies to our cause. This requires America pushing back against the nationalistic impulses of others, not fanning our own. America First can only work if other nations believe that America is their last best hope.

Drawing from three decades of active global engagement as an academic, business leader, Congressman, presidential advisor, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Kennedy makes the case that America is more likely to achieve its aims by attracting others with honey than lecturing them with vinegar.

Select Media - Grand Strategy

  • December 2, 2018: Foreign Policy - Five Vital Lessons From George H.W. Bush - see article
  • November 8, 2018: UND Today - ‘Hawkish’ affairs between U.S. and China  - see article
  • October 6, 2018: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Private sector can play critical role in easing world hunger (with Richard Leach) - see article
  • June 30, 2017: Foreign Policy - An Elephants in the Room Summer 2017 Reading List - see article
  • June 12, 2017: CSIS - Business, Politics, and International Trade with Mark Kennedy - hear podcast
  • May 26, 2017: Foreign Policy - Trump is Playing the International Strategy Game Like a Novice Among Experts (note - title by magazine) - see opinion piece
  • August 22, 2016: Foreign Policy - American Leadership Can Survive Today’s Storm - see opinion piece
  • June 30, 2016: Foreign Policy - Brexit Is a Russian Victory - see opinion piece
  • June 16, 2016: CNBC - What Donald Trump can actually do on immigration - see article
  • January 21, 2016: Financial Times - Turkey’s new constitution: rules require rights - see opinion piece
  • November 16, 2015: Wall Street Journal - Trump’s Right on Hacking, Wrong on Yuan - see letter
  • October 20, 2015: FOXNEWS - Special Report with Bret Baier - Canadian Election Analysis - see video
  • October 6, 2015: Foreign Policy - It's time to Dump Trump, not the TPP (note - title by magazine) - see opinion piece
  • September 22, 2015 - Foreign Policy - Five Questions for Obama Ahead of Xi Jinping’s Visit - see opinion piece
  • September 9, 2015: Foreign Policy - Is Donald Trump the Heir to Teddy Roosevelt’s Legacy? - see opinion piece
  • July 9, 2015: FOX Business Network - China's Stock Market Struggles - see video
  • March 3, 2015: GW Today - Mark Kennedy Elected to Council on Foreign Relations - see article
  • July 18, 2014: Foreign Policy - As Ukraine Heats Up, America Must Take the Lead - see opinion piece

Mark Kennedy served as a trade advisor during the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Kennedy is founder and chair of the Economic Club of Minnesota that sponors the annual Bill Frenzel Champion of Free Trade Award (learn more).

Select Media - Trade

  • April 14, 2017: Foreign Policy - Trump should make the case for trade with China - see opinion piece
  • November 16, 2015: Wall Street Journal - Trump’s Right on Hacking, Wrong on Yuan - see letter
  • June 15, 2015: The Hill - The path to winning TAA, take two - see opinion piece
  • January 5, 2015: Foreign Policy - Why 2015 Should be the Year of Trade - see opinion piece
  • February 13, 2014: USA Today - Expand Trade, Improve Economy - see opinion piece (with Mack McLarty, President Clinton's Chief of Staff)

 Photo © Kennedy - visiting National Guard peacekeeping troops in Bosnia