Fettweis researches U.S. foreign and national security policies. He is currently most interested in decision-making, and trying to understand why the United States often makes such poor choices. He is also the president of the New Orleans chapter of the World Affairs Council.
Discusses the reasons why armed conflict seems to be disappearing from the planet, and suggests that the most likely explanation is that a fundamental evolution in the rule of the system-or norms- has taken place.
Suggests that America's various blunders can be explained by a series of pathological, incorrect beliefs widely held by its decision-makers.
Advises presidents (and non-presidents) about how to conduct foreign policy, and perhaps even avoid the kind of blunders experienced by their predecessors.
Challenges the nearly ubiquitous notion (at least in the policy world) that the only thing standing between the world and outright chaos is the United States. Discusses if U.S. power is a force for stability in the international system.