Spring 2002


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Reviews and Essays

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.

Harvey Sicherman

Kaplan's War

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

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.

Neil McInnes

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.

The Best Defense

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

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.

Daniel P. Erikson

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.

Irving Louis Horowitz

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.

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.

Laurent MurawiecClifford G. Gaddy

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.

Robert Satloff