Fall 2001


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Reviews and Essays

Bonn Voyage: Kyoto's Uncertain Revival

While the Bonn Conference revived an ailing global warming agreement, Kyoto's flaws render it a questionable approach to the longest of long-term politics.

Daniel Bodansky

Another Year of Living Dangerously?

Indonesia's crisis could cause the strategic upending of Southeast Asia. American policymakers may need to act quickly and wisely to prevent a security nightmare.

Rajan Menon

Altitude Sickness

Potted phrases like "ethnic tensions" and "age-old religious differences" bear little relevance to the true causes of mountain conflicts.

S. Frederick Starr

The Present Opportunity

We still live in a dangerous world, but the tenure of U.S. primacy depends less on reacting to threats than on pursuing the opportunities before us.

Adam Garfinkle

Scathing on Thin Ice

Christopher Hitchens' diatribe against Henry Kissinger should disappoint even the most credulous of the statesman's opponents. Effective polemic this is not.

Sky High: Illusions of Air Power

For all the talk of humane warfare from above, the Kosovo war reconfirmed airpower's perennial strength--its deadly efficacy against civilian targets.

Conrad C. Crane

E Pluribus Confusio

The European Union is unable to achieve a true federal union, yet neither is it likely to fall apart. That leaves its internal incoherence as a long-term problem for the United States.

John Van Oudenaren

Realism about Russia

Russia is no longer, and will not again soon be, a great power. To treat it like on is in neither America's interest nor Russia's.

William E. Odom

The Asymmetry of Pity

Oslo failed because the Palestinian side has taken no responsibility for having helped cause the conflict, and has seen itself above any need to make concessions in order to end it.

Yossi Klein Halevi

Il Caso Silone

Leftist intellectual, communist apostate and fascist spy? Shoddy scholarship has obscured the legacy of Ignazio Silone, the political lightning rod of 20th-century Italian literati.

Michael P. McDonald

The Little Man's Revenge

The Secret Agent, published in 1907, is about a shadowy anarchist, Adolf Verloc, who owns a shop selling low-end goods in a grimy, working class district of London.

Robert D. Kaplan