July-Aug 2007

The Realist

The Dispensable Nation?

Even though the United States has lost its Cold War–era aura of "specialness", the world still needs U.S. leadership.

Brent Scowcroft

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Reviews and Essays

Inconclusive India

The resolution of the paradoxes that define India will determine its future trajectory.

John R. Thomson

A Second Look. . . .

When it comes to BRICs, the Brazilian tortoise might end up beating the other three hares.

Ian Bremmer


When it comes to Iraq's Kurds, the United States needs to make a deal with Turkey or face the consequences later.

Henri J. Barkey

Notes from the Balkans

The United States should not balk at getting more deeply involved in the volatile Balkans: a well-crafted foreign policy could yield real results.

Gordon N. Bardos

The Panda Menace

With all the recent coverage of China's involvement in Africa, Antoine Halff takes an in-depth look at Beijing's burgeoning relationship with the resource-rich continent.

Antoine Halff

Money, Money Everywhere. . . .

The dollar's international dominance, which underwrites our global economic leadership, can no longer be taken for granted.

Maurice R. Greenberg

Designated Driver Diplomacy

Tory leader David Cameron has outlined a striking new vision for the Anglo-American partnership—with Britain in the role of the "skeptical friend."

John C. Hulsman

No Free Lunch

America needs to start facing hard economic choices.

Peter G. Peterson

Re-Occupy Iraq?

If the United States seeks to quell the civil war in Iraq, re-occupation may be the answer.

Jeffrey Stacey

Trading Up

Policymakers can break down regulatory barriers to trade by concerning themselves with consumer, not producer, welfare.

Shanker A. Singham

The Somali Model?

Somalia represents interventionst's perfect storm, but our difficulties there demonstrate the military's limits in the War on Terror.

Jonathan Stevenson

A Conversation Continued: Debating Democracy

In the opening round of an exchange on democracy promotion that will continue over the coming weeks, five TNI authors examine themes and questions raised in Paul Saunders's essay.

Thomas CarothersAndrew J. BacevichE. Wayne MerryRobert W. MerryAmitai Etzioni

Liberté, Fraternité . . . Modernité?

As part of a new series expressing the views of foreign policy thinkers around the world, France's new president discusses Franco-American relations, the European Union's future and the Middle East.

The National Interest

Stifling the Debate?

Perhaps the most important argument made by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt in their new book concerns the impact of the lobby on the political discourse in the United States.

Voices in the Wilderness

Notwithstanding the book's shortcomings, Mearsheimer and Walt do perform an important service in pointing out how difficult it is to produce pragmatic decisions based on national interest.