Spring 2002

A Poet Passes: Léopold Sédar Senghor Remembered

Reminiscences of Senegal's first president, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and his times.

Essays

America the Despised: A Letter from Athens

Conservatives and churchgoers are joining the Greek Left to form a new and more visceral anti-Americanism.

Cruise Control: A Case for Missile Defense

There are 75,000 cruise missiles in the world, and the chance that some could fall into nefarious hands isn't nearly small enough.

Disraeli's Secret

Benjamin Disraeli was an exotic character even in his own time, but his career shows the secret that guaranteed him success and fame: He knew what he wanted.

Freedom and Duty: Pericles and Our Times

A democracy cannot fight a long war successfully unless it affirms its virtues and values. After two and a half millenia, Pericles still makes sense.

Law in Order: Reconstructing U.S. National Security

A bold proposal to end the estrangement of law enforcement from U.S. foreign policy--and not a minute too soon.

One Hundred Years of Ambiguity

Cuban independence was granted by the United States rather than earned by the Cubans. A century later, neither side has figured out exactly what Cuban nationalism means.

Popper's Return Engagement

Karl Popper, the champion of the open society, still speaks to the struggle between tolerance and repression in an era of globalization and in our post-September 11 world.

Russia's Higher Police

Whether Czarist or Soviet, the Russian intelligence elite has always conceived on itself as the "most loyal" servant of "the Russian idea." Now one of their own is president.

The Karine-A Affair and the War on Terrorism

A fifty-ton cache of Iranian weapons for the Palestinian Authority would have made a big difference had it been delivered. That it wasn't is making an even bigger difference.

The New Cuba Divide

An unexpected alliance of farmers, northern liberals and western conservatives is emerging to challenge the U.S. political status quo on Cuba.

The Other Orientalism: China's Islamist Problem

Three years ago, China was exporting revolution; now it faces a rising tide of Islamism, both without and within. Xinjiang may become China's Chechnya.

Weak Realpolitik: The Vicissitudes of Saudi Bashing

As the shock of September 11 wears off and certain conclusions settle in, the U.S.-Saudi relationship has come under unprecedented scrutiny. It's about time.

Books & Reviews

Arabian Nightmares

Bernard Lewis dissects the travails of the Muslim world and finds that the problem is not what Islam has done to Muslims, but what Muslims have done to Islam.

Bacon's Proof

Edward Teller's life vindicated Francis Bacon's prediction of the man of science in the public realm. Teller's memoir would vindicate Teller.

Kaplan's War

Robert Kaplan advocates a pagan ethos for American statesmen in the 21st century, but not all pagans think alike.

Stress Testing the Global Economy

What clues can past episodes of economic integration provide about the future of globalization? Three recent works offer answers.

The Best Defense

Can John Mearsheimer's analysis of "offensive realism" explain or guide U.S. foreign policy? Better, perhaps, than the author realizes.

Follow The National Interest

April 24, 2014