Sept-Oct 2007

The Realist

A Realist Symposium: Partisans Reviewed

Responding to Dimitri K. Simes’s assertion that we aren’t having a real debate over foreign policy, Derek Chollet argues the Democrats are providing genuine alternatives; Grover G. Norquist looks at the structural reasons inhibiting both parties f

Derek CholletGrover G. NorquistDov S. ZakheimDimitri K. Simes

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Reviews and Essays

A Conservative Continuum

The sharp divides within the conservative movement are more imagined than real. Any conservative—whether "paleo" or "neo"— would object to a foreign policy bereft of values.

David Keene

Appetite for Construction

Nation-building always looks so easy on paper. Time to let reality be a harsh teacher.

Morton AbramowitzHeather Hurlburt

Perestroika Cubana

Rather than using the Chinese model of gradualism, the Castro brothers should look to Eastern Europe for cues.

Raj M. DesaiItzhak Goldberg

Arab Spring Fever

All hope is not lost for democracy in the Middle East. Political pluralism may be taking root, but real change will not emerge on any U.S. administration’s timetable.

Nathan J. BrownAmr Hamzawy

Castro and the Caudillo

Francoism in Spain did not survive its namesake. Cuba’s brand of communism is likely to suffer a similar fate.

Irving Louis Horowitz

Fear and Loathing in Tehran

By meddling in Iran’s internal affairs, the United States has inflamed Iranian fears and made a muddle of U.S. policy.

Suzanne Maloney

Radioactive Hype

Public enemies are unlikely to obtain nuclear weapons, despite widespread fears to the contrary.

John Mueller

The Right Stuff

The CIA’s estimate of WMD in Iraq is in the spotlight, but it was their assessments of post-Saddam Iraq that were dead-on and deserve attention. David Ignatius highlighted Paul Pillar’s story of how the agency

Paul R. Pillar