Sept-Oct 2006

The Realist

Churchill, Not Quite

With America facing grave threats, the Bush Administration has failed to demonstrate a willingness to establish a hierarchy of priorities.

Graham AllisonDimitri K. Simes

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Reviews and Essays

Revolt of the Maccabees

The Biblical account tells a cautionary tale for Mid-East policy today—to those reading between the lines.

Robert Doran

Oil Price Warfare

War with Iran does not appear imminent and the prospect has not been a hot electoral issue. But Howard explains why war with oil-producing nations will likely be wholly unanticipated.

Roger Howard

Angel or Dragon?

 Despite the focus on Beijing, few have taken notice of a key forum for its evolving excellence: diplomacy at the United Nations.

Michael Fullilove

A Test of Power

The Bush Administration has vastly exaggerated the dangers associated with the development of an Iranian nuclear weapons program and underestimated the deterrent capacity of U.S. military power.

David C. HendricksonRobert W. Tucker

Books: Some Unconventional Wisdom

A review of The J Curve by Ian Bremmer and Winning the Un-War by Charles Peña.  Two authors turn their critical, discerning eye on the foibles of U.S. counter-terror and nation-building strategy. Just one offers a constructive course

Beijing's Bolivarian Venture

China’s growing involvement in Venezuela is a direct threat to U.S. security. Why trouble is brewing in our own backyard.

Gabe CollinsCarlos Ramos-Mrosovsky

A Plea for Normalcy

Given its competing commitments, Washington must reduce its military patronage. Japan, with its economic strength, must fortify capabilities.

Christopher A. Preble

The Gramercy Round: China Goes Global: Implications for the United States

What will China’s growing international economic clout mean for the United States? A roundtable discussion with Harry Harding, Ian Bremmer, Thomas Stewart, David Lipton, Robert D. Hormats, Robert Friedman, Joel Rosenthal, Nader Mousavizadeh, Ruchi

Harry HardingIan BremmerThomas StewartDavid LiptonRobert D. HormatsRobert FriedmanJoel RosenthalNader MousavizadehRuchir SharmaFareed ZakariaNikolas K. Gvosdev

Oil Price Warfare(1)

Winning wars in the future may depend not only on how many troops you can put into the field but for how long you can afford to pay high prices for gasoline.

Roger Howard

Could It Happen Again?

Given the scale of the damage caused to the United States, the 9/11 attacks neither required much money to execute, nor did they take a large number of plotters.

Peter Bergen

Breathing Room

With even the president backing away from a stay-the-course strategy on Iraq, Biden's call for federalism is gaining increasing attention. He amplifies here on the idea, how he arrived at it and what its philosophical foundation is.

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Breathing Room(1)

U.S. policy in Iraq—and elsewhere around the world—ought to be based on reality. Iraq is already a partitioned country. Recognizing that allows us to craft a strategy to salvage success.

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.