Fall 1996

A Thin Line

Benyamin Netanyahu's election as Israel's prime minister on May 29 was greeted by a great international gnashing of teeth.


Geotherapy: Russia's Neuroses, and Ours

An ambition, inordinate and immense, one of those ambitions whichcould only possibly spring in the bosoms of the oppressed, and couldonly find nourishment in the miseries of a whole nation, ferments...

Let Iraq Collapse

February 28, 1996 marked the fifth anniversary of the U.

Morality and High Technology

Ours is an age in which any untoward development becomes a crisis, the slightest departure from the ordinary is immediately tagged as historic, and the mere glimmer of novelty is heralded as revolutionary.

One Country, Two Capitals, Review of Solomon Volkov's St. Petersburg: A Cultural History

TThis century has seen power swing with unambiguous force from St. Petersburg to Moscow.

The Downside of the Cutting Edge

The American military loves organizational tradition at the same time that it hungers for technological progress.

The Short March: China's Road to Democracy

When will China become a democracy? The answer is around the year 2015.

Trade Blocked

A foreign economic policy that emphasizes regionalism and stresses Latin America will have at least three negative consequences.

Books & Reviews

Home and Abroad

At this point, it is too early to tell whether to be optimistic or whether the only healthy response to our current domestic economic discontents will be to lower expectations. Perhaps books like The End of Affluence and The Good Life

The Broken Tradition

In the ongoing argument between foreign policy realists andidealists, the just-war tradition of moral reasoning about the use offorce has played a crucial mediating role for centuries.

The Cowboy Patriot

In retrospect, the film Green Berets serves rather neatly, in conjunction with reviews in the New York Times and other high-toned publications, to illustrate the period's sharp split between elite and mass opinion on the Vietnam War.

Things Fall Apart, Review of Robert Kaplan's The Ends of the Earth: A Journey at the Dawn of the 21st Century

Kaplan has interesting things to say about what it is like to travel by public conveyances and rub shoulders with ordinary, common people in some of the earth's poorest and most stressful human environments.

Through the Garbage Can, Darkly, Review of David Williams's Japan and the Enemies of Open Political Science

This is a work of criticism ranging over the more fashionable social sciences and humanities, assessing and mostly rejecting them as unsuitable for elucidating the Japanese political system and berating their exponents for ignoring that system in

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