May-June 2007

The Realist

Priorities, Not Delusions

Opportunistic policies advocated on both sides of the political aisle won’t address the real challenges that threaten the well-being of the United States.

Dimitri K. Simes

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Reviews and Essays

Doctrinal Faith

Unflinching loyalty to the Bush Doctrine leads Robert Kaufman astray in his study of American foreign policy—and Truman, Reagan and Bush do not make a three-of-kind.

Levantine Labyrinths

Sectarian infighting and foreign intervention breed intrigue on the Lebanese political scene. Last summer’s war had a devastating effect—but factional power politics and Hizballah’s rising popularity threaten to make matters worse.

Antony T. Sullivan

Beyond American Hegemony

The United States should abandon its futile attempt to secure global hegemony in favor of a concert-of-power foreign-policy strategy.

Michael Lind

A Friend Indeed

While U.S.-India strategic ties are coalescing, both nations will have to overcome stillformidable political obstacles to see this relationship through.

Robert D. Blackwill

Agreeing to Agree (and Disagree)

China’s rise will inevitably increase Sino-American competition, but delineating common areas of agreement between Beijing and Washington could arrest tensions.

Robert J. Art

China's ASEAN Invasion

As long as the United States fails to understand what motivates Southeast Asian states, its influence will continue to diminish vis-à-vis China.

John Lee

The Dragon and the Elephant

China’s relationship with India need not be adversarial in the prc’s quest for great-power status.

Pang Zhongying

India's Ascending Path

India is being courted by Russia, China and the United States. Heady stuff—as long as India’s leaders don’t forget they still have some pressing domestic challenges.

Leah Fenwick

Missed Connections

Americans think Russia is headed in the wrong direction, but perhaps they should hold the mirror up to themselves when assigning blame for the new chill in U.S.-Russia relations.

Alexey Pushkov

Keeping the Lid On

The negative effects of an Iraqi civil war can be mitigated, even if the conflict itelf cannot be quelled.

Daniel BymanKenneth M. Pollack

Family Feud: The Law in War and Peace

American law treats terrorism like an act of war, not a crime. The fact that Europeans don’t doesn’t make their way better.

David B. Rivkin, Jr.Lee A. Casey