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Reviews and Essays
The Struggle for Democracy
The promotion of democracy is the centerpiece of Bush's foreign policy, but the president has yet to define democracy.
The Middle East Waiting Game
Many in the Islamic world experience their own internal class of civilizations.
Al-Qaeda's Media Strategies
Jihad is as virtual as it is real.
Clinging to Faith
From the wreckage of communism's legacy, the ideology rises again.
A Profile in Defiance
Ahmadinejad came of age in the aftermath of the Iran-Iraq War. He sees little benevolence in the West’s interventions and conflict is inevitable.
A Fragile Consensus
Unlike the Iraq War, the Iranian nuclear crisis will not convulse transatlantic relations--for the time being.
A Difficult Country: Pakistan and the Case for Developmental Realism
There are no textbook solutions for the problems of a country like Pakistan--but a creative approach can go a long way.
Contemplating the Ifs
There's no Hollywood solution to dealing with Iran--just a bunch of bad options.
In Brief: Thoughts on National Security
Graham Allison, Ian Bremmer, Harlan Ullman and Derek Chollet.
For the United States, mediating territorial crises must involve geopolitical juggling.
The Osirak Fallacy
If a strike on Osirak failed to turn back the clock on Saddam's nuclear program, why would one work for Iran?
The Culture Club
Not all cultures are equally conducive to progress.
Ahead of the Curve: Countdown for Kosovo
United Nations special envoy Marrtti Ahtisaari introduced his plan for Kosovo to Serbian and Kosovar leaders over the weekend. In the Spring 2006 issue of The National Interest Tim Potier addressed how Washington should approach the delic