Fall 2004

The Realist

Wagging the Dog

In an unequal friendship, does the weaker have the whip hand? America is the stronger partner in any relationship. But the Taiwanese, the Israelis and the Georgians don't seem to know this.

Nikolas K. GvosdevTravis Tanner

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Reviews and Essays

Reversing Proliferation

For the first time since Hiroshima, we have the objective conditions for halting and reversing WMD proliferation. All we need is for the great powers to cooperate.

Ira Straus

Pride and Prejudice

Anti-Americanism takes many forms -- most of them unfair. But as long as it strives to be a City upon a Hill, America Must learn to live with it.

Advancing Democracy

Despots have long formed coalitions on the international stage. Democracies are finally responding.

Paula J. Dobriansky

The Authoritarian Illusion

Authoritarian states are judged to be the breeding grounds of poverty, resentment and terrorism, but this is not always the case. What kind of despot fosters extremism?

Gerard Alexander

In Defense of Democratic Realism

What distinguishes "democratic globalism" --the target of Francis Fukuyama's attack-- from the author's own "democratic realism"?  The second chooses its battles more carefully.

Charles Krauthammer

Spies Like Them

If you want to improve America's intelligence, don't read the 9/11 report. Read Buchan's Greenmantle or Kipling's Kim. We need agents of daring and skill, not better bureaucrats.

Richard L. Russell

The Realistic Roosevelt

As president, Teddy Roosevelt was not the Bull Moose of his earlier years. His prudence and respect for the balance of power are a model for any future president.

Tom Parker

Small is Beautiful

Small businesses get no respect--and little venture capital. A new exchange could fix that.

Stephen BoykoAron Gottesman

Scimitars to Plowshares

Middle Eastern regimes waste national wealth on armaments supplied by an opportunist West, and ordinary people suffer. Responsible Western nations must help break the cycle.

Hossein AskariRana Atie

The Right Stuff

America in the 21st century will be targeting terrorism and fighting small wars in distant places. While we remain ready to win the war, we must be equally ready to win the peace.

F. Stephen LarrabeeJohn Gordon IVPeter A. Wilson