We Win, They Lose, Republican Foreign Policy and the New Cold War

We Win, They Lose, Republican Foreign Policy and the New Cold War


In 1977, then presidential candidate Ronald Reagan was discussing foreign affairs when he said, “My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic. It is this: We win, and they lose.” Three years later, Reagan was elected president; by the time he left office, the United States had won the First Cold War…

Author: Dr. Matthew Kroenig

Author: Dan Negrea

Publisher: Republic Book Publishers

Published Date: March 19, 2024

Pages: 220

Language: English

Foreword By: Mike Pompeo

Many argue that today’s Republican Party is divided, but this book argues that the outline of a GOP foreign policy consensus is emerging just beneath the surface. We call this emerging Republican foreign policy doctrine the Trump-Reagan fusion. Trump and Reagan were the most influential Republican presidents of the past several decades, and any viable GOP foreign policy must build on their legacies. We Win, They Lose explains why the Trump-Reagan fusion is superior to progressive alternatives and how it can guide the GOP, the United States, and the American people to greater levels of peace, prosperity, and freedom.


Dr. Matthew Kroenig is the Vice President and senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Snowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.  In 2022, he was appointed by the US Congress as a Republican commissioner on the bipartisan Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States.  He previously served in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.  Kroenig is also a tenured professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University.  He received the Pentagon’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Heritage Foundation’s Freedom and Opportunity Academic Prize.  A 2019 study ranked him as one of the top twenty-five most cited political scientists of his generation.  SEE AUTHOR SHOWCASE for more information, blogs, and to follow the author.


Dan Negrea is the senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Center. He was the State Department’s special representative for commercial and business affairs between 2019 and 2021. He was a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning office between 2018 and 2019, where he was responsible for the economic portfolio. For three decades before that, he held leadership positions in Wall Street firms. He defected from Communist Romania where he had been an official in the Ministry of Finance and was involved in negotiating government loans with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and an MA from the School of International Economic Relations in Bucharest, Romania. See AUTHOR SHOWCASE for more information, blogs, and to follow the author.



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Matthew Kroenig, Author
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