Nov-Dec 2007

The Realist

The Closer

Every major presidential candidate is asking for more, more, more when it comes to foreign policy. Maybe what we need is less. The United States seems best suited for the role of last-minute hero, swooping in to solve global problems after all oth

Justine A. Rosenthal

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Reviews and Essays

The Art of the Possible

When a U.S. administration announces unrealistic foreign-policy goals, it sets itself up for failure. Today, we confront a very different international landscape, and the heady days of 2003 permanently belong to the past.

Lee H. Hamilton

Russia Plays the China Card

Russia and China are strengthening their ties, but don’t bet on an alliance—that is, unless poor U.S. policy drives them together.

Christopher Marsh

Arrested Development

If developed countries fail to effectively enforce the oecd Anti-Bribery Convention, all anti-corruption efforts in the developing world will suffer.

Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr.Fritz Heimann

Foreign Policy Goes Glam

Stars shilling for political causes are everywhere these days. But are they actually making a difference? This weekend's New York Times Magazine also tackled the topic. Drezner offered his 

Daniel W. Drezner

Breaking More Naan with Delhi

The U.S.-India relationship has remained uncannily consistent. How to move ahead on this positive track.

Karl F. InderfurthBruce Riedel

Hu's on First?

China hasn’t made it past first base—yet.

Joshua KurlantzickDevin Stewart

Plan Z for Iraq

A community-based security approach for the land of the two rivers.

Amitai Etzioni

The Three 'Nos' Knows

In the previous issue of The National Interest, John Mueller argued that the threats from nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear war are exagger

Graham Allison

Non-Proliferation Parody

In the previous issue of The National Interest, John Mueller argued that the threats from nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear war are exagger

William C. Potter

What Resource Wars?

Classic resource wars are good material for Hollywood screenwriters. They rarely occur in the real world.

David G. Victor

A Pipeline Runs Through It

With Russia in the driver’s seat on energy issues, Europe should worry about running on empty. For more on the Russian elections, the internal state of the country and Vladimir Putin's nomination of a successor, check out our

Jonathan Haslam