Spring 1998

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


Europe on the Brink: Democratic Values and the Single Currency

The EU is not democratic. Neither the EC, nor the Council of Ministers, nor the European Central Bank is democratically accountable; and they cannot be made so, because Europe is not a nation.

Faking It and Making It

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

Korea: A Time to be Bold?

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


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

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.

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

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.

The Khatemi Factor: How Much Does It Matter?

Change in Iran is in the air, and it could be dramatic--but this is speculative and both the timetable and the actual policy implications are impossible to specify.

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

Books & Reviews

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

Conrad's Nostromo and the Third World

Joseph Conrad's Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard, a 1904 novel about Westerners and indigenous inhabitants of an imaginary South American country, skillfully defines and dissects the problems of the Third World.

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.

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.

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.

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