On October 5, Imran Bayoumi, assistant director with the Scowcroft Strategy Initiative, argues in Foreign Policy that the United States has turned a blind eye to the unlawful and violent actions of some of its allies. He contends that Washington should impose consequences on countries that violate international laws and encourage allies to instead go “through legitimate pathways that respect state sovereignty.”

[T]he United States should remember the leverage it still holds…Even in an era of great-power competition, the United States remains the partner of choice for many countries, and it should not be afraid to use its leverage to push states to act the ways it wants.

Imran Bayoumi

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