Summer 2004


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Reviews and Essays

Transferring Sovereignty

Since November of last year the United States has been committed to transferring sovereignty to the Iraqis after June 30, 2004.

James Schlesinger

A Strategic Defense Initiative

This is not your father's "Star Wars." Missile Defense is real, it's coming, and it will be a indispensible instrument of American power.

Carnes Lord

Requiem for a Genocide

Keith Windschuttle revises the revisionists and does the post-colonial "history" of Tasmania a good turn--on its head.

Neil McInnes

The Cult of Precaution

The high priests of the European Commission invoke the arcane scripture of the Precautionary Principle to justify their environmental enyclicals--the wages of reason be damned.

Roger Scruton

Auditing Arrogance

Three months before the start of the American operation in Iraq I visited the United States, where I met with Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

Yevgeny Primakov

Behind the Silk Curtain

Despot Watch turns the spotlight on Islam Karimov, America's newest Central Asian ally.

Joe Bob Briggs

Averting an Iraq Syndrome

As "senior" members of the foreign policy establishment, Abramowitz's and General Odom's calls for withdrawal from Iraq deserve consideration. But they they are unconvincing, Rivkin writes.

David B. Rivkin, Jr.

China's Growing Appetites

Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet--unless they need to secure access to strategic natural resources.

David Hale

The Neoconservative Moment

Charles Krauthammer's "democratic globalism" fails as a guiding principle of foreign policy and creates more questions than answers.

Francis Fukuyama

Spain's Atlantic Option

Spain's recent election has altered Madrid's foreign policy strategy. The transatlantic window is closing. Can it be re-opened?

Valenti Puig

Retreating in Good Order

The United States should begin a strategic withdrawal from Iraq now because it was never in the interest of the United States to invade that country in the first place.

William E. Odom

Losing the Peace?

At the time of triumph a year ago when Saddam Hussein's statue was toppled and the Iraqi army vanished, the most ardent supporters of George W.

Geoffrey Kemp

Fighting for Oil?

It is hard to find any public statement from an American official justifying the ouster of Saddam Hussein in terms of oil.

Edward L. Morse

Rethinking the Strategy

In order to deal effectively with America's predicament in Iraq, it is essential to understand that we had begun to walk down the road to Baghdad long before September 11, indeed, quite before the Bush Administration came to power.

Dimitri K. Simes

Gauging the Aftermath

SINCE WE last wrote for The National Interest--in the Winter 2003/04 issue ("

Michael O'HanlonAdriana Lin de Albuquerque

Rescuing the Future

AMERICA'S Iraqi experience since the end of its brilliant military campaign has been an object lesson in what not to do.

Hussain Hindawi

Strengthening the Fainthearts

Washington loves to panic over impending snowstorms, ongoing heat waves, the Redskins' playoff chances, and policy implications.

John Hillen