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Audits are short essays, written by our scholars, that put the conventional wisdoms of U.S. foreign policy under close scrutiny.

Audits of the Conventional Wisdom

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In this ongoing series of essays, MIT's Center for International Studies tours the horizon of conventional wisdoms that animate U.S. foreign policy, and puts them to the test of data and history.  By subjecting particularly well-accepted ideas to close scrutiny, we aim to re-engage policy and opinion leaders on topics that are too easily passing such scrutiny.  We hope that this will lead to further debate and inquiries, with a result we can all agree on: better foreign policies that lead to a more peaceful and prosperous world. In our Foreign Policy Index, we also publish an online annual review of U.S. foreign policy, by subject area.

Authors in this series are available to the press and policy community. To contact them—or for additional information about this publication series—call or e-mail Michelle Nhuch at / 617.253.1965.



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