July-Aug 2009

The Realist

Republican Reckoning

Mismanaged for eight years by the Bush administration, the Republican Party is in peril. Neoconservative table scraps are neither appropriate nor wise. But the GOP has another foreign-policy tradition to which it can turn. Presidents from Eisenhow

Jacob Heilbrunn

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Articles

Armageddon in Islamabad

Don’t be fooled by the recent positive news from Islamabad. We face the potential of a nuclear-armed state run by Islamic extremists. The consequences of a Taliban-led takeover of Islamabad would be devastating.

Bruce Riedel

Tithing at the Crude Altar

Let the market rule. As oil sources from the Western Hemisphere begin to dry up, we will increasingly turn to dictatorships for our supplies. But we shouldn't shackle ourselves to nefarious governments.

Michael T. Klare

Battlefield: El Paso

Obama is planning to give illegal immigrants a fairer shake. But our flood of illegals, mostly from Mexico, is one of our own making. A more laissez-faire attitude is key.

Douglas S. Massey

Reviews and Essays

Two Indias

In its recent election, New Delhi avoided the perils of identity politics. But the center governs neither wisely nor well.

Ramachandra Guha

Tyranny for the Commons Man

Six billion people are now sharing one planet, one water supply and limited energy resources with a grab-first-ask-questions-later mentality. But there is hope. New insights into human psychology can help manage everything from environmental negot

Barry Schwartz

Armageddon in Islamabad

Don’t be fooled by the recent positive news from Islamabad. We face the potential of a nuclear-armed state run by Islamic extremists. The consequences of a Taliban-led takeover of Islamabad would be devastating.

Bruce Riedel

Tithing at the Crude Altar

Let the market rule. As oil sources from the Western Hemisphere begin to dry up, we will increasingly turn to dictatorships for our supplies. But we shouldn't shackle ourselves to nefarious governments.

Michael T. Klare

Canaries in the Cooling Tower

Weapons inspections are frequently derided as the most feckless tool in our nonproliferation arsenal. In our July/August issue, the head of the Iraq Survey Group runs us through his surreal experience.

Charles A. Duelfer

Heirs of Sargon

Iraq has a long and tortured history. Home to the tyrant, the origins of despotism lie in the primordial ooze of the Mesopotamian swamp. Yet for a brief moment fifty years ago, the land of two rivers experienced democracy.

A Revisionist's Burden

Nowadays, history is regularly written by the victims, usually in service of a political agenda. Long-remembered slights poison political debate, often with violent consequences.

Battlefield: El Paso

Obama is planning to give illegal immigrants a fairer shake. But our flood of illegals, mostly from Mexico, is one of our own making. A more laissez-faire attitude is key.

Douglas S. Massey