Spring 2005

The Realist

On Liberty

If you want democracy for a week, invade. If you want it for a decade, occupy. If you want it for a lifetime, take up gardening.

Nikolas K. GvosdevPaul J. Saunders

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Reviews and Essays

Arafat's Poisoned Legacy

Arafat's Palestinian nationalism denied the legitimacy of any Israeli state. His successors must shed this straightjacket if they want a state of their own.

Barry Rubin

Borderline Insanity

Compassion and national security often conflict. President Bush's immigration policy, by seeking both, delivers neither.

Mark Krikorian

The Taxing of Nations

Europe's high taxers want to prevent their citizens from voting with their portfolios.

Richard W. Rahn

Re-Forming Intelligence

Congress has made a start. But the priority of the new Director of National Intelligence must be better HUMINT.

Saxby Chambliss

The Schizophrenic Superpower

Japan would prefer to be an ecnomic giant and a political pygmy. Neither circumstances nor its neighbors will allow it that luxury.

Alan Dupont

Trading Places

America has long been the world's number one economy. It won't be soon.

Peter F. Drucker

American Maximalism

President Bush's reputation as a radical is exaggerated.  He is following in the footsteps of bold predecessors.  So why is he making such a mess of it?

Stephen Sestanovich

Reaganism v. Neo-Reaganism

Reagan knew the difference between a conservative foreign policy and Wilsonian interventionism. Do his soi-disant heirs know it too?

Richard Lowry

Imperial Liberalism

Covenants without the sword are but words. You can do anything with bayonets but sit upon them. And both truths must be heeded.

Robert Cooper

Trouble in Tbilisi

Liberty and security are hard to combine. Georgians risk losing both.

Whit Mason

Peace Through Conversation

Europe's favorite philosopher, Jürgen Habermas has invented a new Weltpolitik: If we talk long enough, we'll all agree.

David Martin Jones


Charles Krauthammer, Mark Brzezinski, Pater Lavelle, Jay Loo, Moshe Zvi Marvit and Fred Siegel.

Charles KrauthammerMark BrzezinskiPeter LavelleJay LooMoshe Zvi MarvitFred Siegel

Two Kinds of Internationalism

What Europeans condemn as unilateralism is in fact traditional postwar internationalism. As Lockeans, Americans prefer it to transnationalism because it's democratic.

Marc F. Plattner


The International Committee of the Red Cross strains at the gnat of American unilateralism and swallows the camel of terrorist atrocities. Stop applauding.

Lee A. CaseyDavid B. Rivkin, Jr.

Ahead of the Curve: Arafat's Poisoned Legacy

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s recent meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert failed to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. It should be unsurprising.

Barry Rubin