Spring 1998

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Reviews and Essays

The Logic of Covert Action

Because the United States and the Soviet Union are no longer competing in Third World proxy wars, the rationale for most traditional covert action has disappeared. However, new threats such as terrorism and proliferation may sometimes require the

Bruce D. BerkowitzAllan E. Goodman

Faking It and Making It

 There is no substitute for non-proliferation strategies with clear, country-specific objectives.

Henry Sokolski

Rethinking N+1

Albert Wohlstetter's 1961 "N+1" article reminds us that potential proliferators are not few but many, as most states have been empowered by economic and technical developments to build quickly high-leverage weaponry with impressive strategic reach

Brad Roberts

Hayek's Slippery Slope

Friedrich Hayek's ideas,  particularly those set out in The Road to Serfdom, have been subject to extraordinary ups and downs in learned, as well as in popular and political, estimation.

An Inner Circle of One: Woodrow Wilson and His Advisors

Woodrow Wilson's unwillingness to seek advice, his disinclination to hear what was unwelcome to him, and, even more, his penchant for taking an immediate dislike of those who told him what he did not wish to hear, were traits rec

Robert W. Tucker

A Hedgehog After All

When Isaiah Berlin died last November, there was a cascade of adulatory essays and obituaries, all of them well deserved. Yet there is a sense in which the wrong Berlin was being celebrated; or if not exactly the wrong Berlin then only a half of h

Enough Blame to Go Round

H.R. McMaster has written a scathing indictment of America's civilian and military leadership during the early phases of the Vietnam war, and he speaks--to a military audience, at any rate--with unique moral authority.

Our Man in Nairobi

Smith Hempstone's  narrative of his diplomatic "arm wrestling" with a recalcitrant Moi regime between 1989 and 1993 is lucid, witty and comprehensive.

Running Out of Gas

The transition from the era of cheap oil to whatever replaces it will bear with it many grave economic and political consequences.

C.J. Campbell


Attempts to manipulate and corrupt the polls are now a serious woldwide phenomenon.

Humphrey Taylor

Korea: A Time to be Bold?

A new strategy toward North Korea might just enable us to recover custody of our policy from fate.

Michael J. Mazarr

Reflections of a Repentant Sinner

Although he supported limited NATO expansion from the beginning, Robert Tucker now believes that an initially good case has been turned into a policy that is pregnant with disaster.

Robert W. Tucker