Summer 2001


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Reviews and Essays

Potemkin Democracy

Georgia's image in the West is belied by the reality on the ground.

Charles King

An Announcement

This issue of The National Interest marks the beginning ofa new era in the life of the magazine.

The National Interest

The Long Goodbye

Ten years after its death, communism's elegists--Eric Hobsbawn chief among them--have yet to give up the ghost.

Neil McInnes

Over and Out

Owen Harries announces his retirement as The National Interest's editor.

Owen Harries

Power Houses

Symbolism matters. The great powers know this, and their military architecture reflects it.

Kurt M. Campbell

The Great War: Mystery or Error?

While interesting, recent attempts to make sense of World War I ultimately fail to account for the true cause of both the war and its protraction: German militarism.

Michael Howard

Bad Statesman, Good Prophet

The shape of the post-Cold War world is not really elusive. It is defined by the Wilsonian triad of democracy, free trade and arms control.

Michael Mandelbaum

America at the Apex

American pre-eminence poses hard questions. Thus far, the leaders of the post-Cold War generation have proven unable to answer them.

Henry Kissinger

Britain and the Intellectuals

A sentiment seems to have prevailed among the scribbling classes that Britain is in a general state of decline--intellectually, socially, morally. It's just not so.

Ferdinand Mount

Different Drummers, Same Drum

Despite the rhetoric, the new administration's foreign policy bespeaks not change, but continuity with the Clinton era.

Andrew J. Bacevich

Who's Afraid of Mr. Big?

The "soft" nature of America's international primacy has so far dissuaded other nations from forming a military coalition to balance against the United States. But the prospect is not unthinkable.

Josef Joffe