Summer 2003

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Reviews and Essays

A Man of Faith

Eric Hobsbawm's autobiography is a most revealing book--wittingly and otherwise. He turns out to have been a most catholic fellow.

Zakaria's Complaint

It's a mistake, argues Fareed Zakaria, to conflate constitutional liberalism with democracy. It's a mistake, says Thomas Carothers, to exaggerate the extent to which that mistake actually characterizes U.S. policy.

Scoring the War on Terrorism

The United States has made considerable--even surprising--progress in defeating a skilled and vast enemy. Nevertheless, the job is far from complete.

Daniel Byman

The Old-New Anti-Semitism

The "new" anti-Semitism of the Arab and Muslim worlds bears much resemblance to the "old" anti-Semitism of Europe. As the latter became a warrant for genocide, it would be foolish to underestimate the lethality of the former.

Robert S. Wistrich

Europe Challenged

Will the European Union become a peer competitor to the United States? Not likely, thinks Professor Tucker, unless U.S. policy produces self-diminishment by isolating America from others. But well it might.

Robert W. Tucker

How to Stop the Iranian Bomb

Iranian nuclear weapons aspirations pose a critical and very dangerous problem for the United States. Herewith a plan for stopping the Iranian bomb, short of using force.

Geoffrey Kemp

Rooms and Borders

Americans and Europeans often do not see eye to eye about matters Muslim. Differing historical experiences help explain why.

Russell Seitz

America as European Hegemon

Despite broad acceptance of the view that the United States has been an "offshore balancer" with regard to Europe over the past several decades, the facts don't fit the theory--the facts of the past dozen years most particularly.

Christopher Layne

Power, Wealth and Wisdom

Is the United States really as strong and wise, and "Old Europe" as weak and wooly-headed, as many American foreign policy pundits and practitioners think? Another way to read Transatlantic realities.

Croesus and Caesar

Those who would compare U.S. and European power by focusing on military capabilities misread history and miss the essence of NATO's genius--and future prospects.

Richard Rosecrance

The Boldness of Charles Evans Hughes

The advent of a new historical epoch requires boldness in foreign policy architecture. Though less studied than the post-World War II master builders, Charles Evans Hughes' effort after World War I is a worthy case in point.

Margot Louria

A Low, Dishonest Decadence: A Letter from Moscow

It is shortsighted to judge Russia's progress by superficial materialist measures--or have we forgotten what the Cold War was really about? At a deeper social and spiritual level, the country remains in peril.

David Satter

Occupational Hazards

Many Americans, including some of senior rank, appear to hold candy-coated views of the post-World War II U.S. occupations of Germany and Japan. Dealing with Iraq will be hard enough without enshrouding ourselves in myth.

Douglas Porch

Dragon in Paradise

U.S. interest in Oceania has faded since the end of the Cold War, and especially since September 11, 2001. China is taking advantage.

John HendersonBenjamin Reilly

Twilight of the Idols

Nietzsche thought God was dead and used philosophy as a hammer to force others to recognize his unhappy insight. The Bush Administration has used public diplomacy as a hammer to force recognition of changes in the global security environment. But

Christian D. Brose