Professor Gardner examines inter-state and inter-societal conflict with a comparative historical orientation. His focus is on the diplomatic origins of war, yet more specifically on deliberating the phenomenon of war’s eruption and its regional and global ramifications, with an eye toward conflict resolution. His research blends a historical and theoretical approach with contemporary
international affairs, concentrating on questions involving NATO and European Union enlargement, the collapse of the Soviet Union and its impact upon China and Eurasia in general, as well as the global ramifications of the “war on terrorism.” Gardner is additionally an internationally published poet.
You Are Invited!
Hall Gardner will be discussing his book, World War Trump: The Risks of America’s New Nationalism, at WH Smith in Paris on Friday September 14, 2018 at 6pm.
Gardner has long warned that the uncoordinated NATO and European Union enlargement into former Soviet spheres of influence and security would provoke a Russian revanchist backlash. That Russian backlash has already taken place since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Yet contrary to general perceptions that Trump is soft on Russia, the Trump administration had actually begun to strengthen the “containment” of Russia almost immediately since it came to power. Trump has tightened sanctions, urged NATO members to spend at least 2%, if not 4%, of their GDP on defense, while providing Ukraine with greater military capabilities in the ostensible aim of regaining the Crimea. Trump believes that his “peace through strength” policy will press Moscow toward a solution, but as it stands now, without pursuit of viable peace negotiations since the collapse of the Minsk accords in 2017, Trump’s policy is a formula for permanent war.