Articles

Essays

The Four Faces of the Republican Party

A deep look at the key GOP factions and how successful primary candidates navigate them.

Fracking Won't Bring Energy Independence

America is making its energy supply more secure—but we can't untie ourselves from the global energy market.

Low-Tech Terrorism

We fear weapons of mass destruction in terrorist hands. Yet the greater danger continues to from terrorists' older tools—the gun and the bomb.

The Real Origins of Realpolitik

An allegedly illiberal idea—and its liberal father.

The Four Faces of the Republican Party

A deep look at the key GOP factions and how successful primary candidates navigate them.

Books & Reviews

Max Americana

Do the presidents who are pushiest abroad get the most done?

Revisiting Zionism

John B. Judis' new book on Israel is right, but for the wrong reasons.

Commentary

Could the Ukraine Crisis Reboot NATO?

NATO's back with a new strategic role. Europe will need to step up to the plate.

Democracy on the Brink in Iraq

After the election, will the Shi'a, Sunni, and Kurdish parties cooperate?

Can Obama Save His Mighty Pivot to Asia?

Not by racking up frequent flier miles, he won't.

The Great Debate

Does Libya Represent a New Wilsonism?

Three leading thinkers respond to the bold thesis of Nikolas K. Gvosdev and Ray Takeyh.

Debating a Democratic China

Experts opine on how democracy would change China's foreign-policy priorities.

First Draft of History

Ennui Becomes Us

Chaos and randomness abound. The increasing disorder of our world will lead to a sort of global ennui mixed with a disturbingly large dose of individual extremism and dogmatic posturing by states.

A Subversive on a Hill

With America mired in two wars and our economy in shambles, the chorus of declinists has returned. But the United States will endure because it is an elastic power.

Empire Falls

The United States is in unprecedented decline. Future generations will look back at the past decade as the beginning of the end of American hegemony.

The Realist

Asia Is in America's DNA

Failing to play a dominant role in the Far East wouldn't just be foolish. It would change who we are.

The Myth of the New Isolationism

A new prudence about using force abroad will sustain, not undermine, American leadership abroad.

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April 20, 2014