May-June 2008

The Realist

Running on Empty

We may well need to be worried, we're running out of gas while choosing the next president to sit in the driver's seat.

J. Robinson West

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Reviews and Essays

The Perilous Punditocracy

A look at the absurd pronouncements of the political class from Salon’s Glenn Greenwald. Why do pundits get to be wrong all the time? From the May/June 2008 issue of The National Interest.

Glenn Greenwald

Rule, Britannia?

Walter Rusell Mead glosses over British history in God and Gold; Brendan Simms paints a clearer picture in Three Victories and a Defeat.

Eurasian Invasion

The world may be getting ready to ally against us—and that’s not even the worst-case scenario.

Peter A. WilsonLowell SchwartzHoward J. Shatz

Unsage Advice

With the campaign season heating up, David Rivkin says that new books by Madeleine Albright and Zbigniew Brzezinski might not provide the soundest advice.

Not Your Average Banker

TNI’s Justine A. Rosenthal sits down with World Bank Chief Robert Zoellick. On the agenda: dealing with failed states, making China a “responsible stakeholder” and rethinking international development.

Robert B. Zoellick

The Fair Play Debate: Free Trade

Rhetoric aside, free trade can benefit everyone—if only countries were a little more open to the rules of the game.

Gary Clyde Hufbauer

Our Imaginary Foe

Finding monsters under the bed and bogeymen in the closet. Why exaggerating the Iranian threat is bad for U.S. foreign policy.

Geoffrey Kemp

The Friend of My Enemy

The road to a solution for America’s Iran problem runs through Moscow. How to think about the costs—and benefits.

Thomas E. Graham