Book cover of The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today by Hal Brandsby Hal Brands

A leading historian’s guide to great-power competition, as told through America’s successes and failures in the Cold War

“If you want to know how America can win today’s rivalries with Russia and China, read this book about how it triumphed in another twilight struggle: the Cold War.”— Stephen J. Hadley, national security adviser to President George W. Bush

The United States is entering an era of great-power competition with China and Russia. Such global struggles happen in a geopolitical twilight, between the sunshine of peace and the darkness of war. In this innovative and illuminating book, Hal Brands, a leading historian and former Pentagon adviser, argues that America should look to the history of the Cold War for lessons in how to succeed in great-power rivalry today.

Interview with the Author

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Hal Brands on Lessons from the Cold War
1/19/22           57 min

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A New Era of Great Power Competition, With Hal Brands
1/25/22          31 min

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Ep. 12: Hal Brands on the Cold War
1/11/22         50 min

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Applying Cold War Lessons to Great Power Competition: Historian Hal Brands
1/12/22           34 min

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