Mar-Apr 2007

The Realist

Learning to Appreciate France

The United States can’t bring the democratic nations of the world together—why should we expect it to lead the way for everyone else?

Paul J. Saunders

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Reviews and Essays

Left-Out Legislature

The new Democratic Congress will find it has only a limited role to play in foreign policy.

Robert J. Lieber

Don't Lose Russia

A former U.S. senator offers tough-love advice on Russia to the Democrats.

Gary Hart

Revisiting Iran

The United States must find new and innovative ways to avoid the trap of a dead-end policy towards Iran. A roundtable discussion.

Fareed ZakariaCliff KupchanJoel RosenthalGideon RoseRichard K. BettsIan BremmerNikolas K. Gvosdev

New Year, Old Story on Iran

A year after their assessment of Iranian nuclear ambitions, the authors look back. There are still no good options for dealing with Iran.

W. Patrick LangLarry C. Johnson

UN, Rediscovered

The UN is flawed, but the United States can learn to use it better—as long as we hold reasonable expectations.

Derek Chollet

Mid-Life Crisis?

The OSCE is not a relic of the Cold War. Instead, it may be the only body that can tackle problems across Eurasia.

Marc Perrin de Brichambaut

Walking with the Devil

The United States must avoid getting trapped in its commitments with unstable regimes, and Iraq is the prime example.

Hilton L. Root

The Battle for Nigeria

As controversy surrounds Nigeria’s recent presidential elections, the United States cannot afford to ignore the West African giant’s problems.

J. Peter Pham

The View from Tehran and Russia

Comments from Javad Zarif, Iranian ambassador to the UN, and Dmitry Peskov, first deputy press secretary to President Putin.

The National Interest

Security First

The Bush Administration’s focus on democracy overlooks the need for security.

Amitai Etzioni

A View to a Coup?

Advocates of toppling the mullahs in Iran need a stiff dose of reality.

Ted Galen CarpenterJessica Ashooh

China on the March

Dos and Don’ts for U.S. strategic planners when it comes to dealing with China.

Ashton B. CarterWilliam J. Perry