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Reviews and Essays
On Reading My Stasi Files
Two years ago I applied to the German government to see my file, in order to find out exactly what the Stasi thought I was doing. After a delay of a year and a half permission was finally given.
The Future of Intelligence
Within hours of the arrest of CIA officer Aldrich Ames for espionage, unnamed agency officials were telling reporters that Ames was a drunk and a mediocre case officer.
Policing the Golan? Yes
In March 1975, the second Sinai negotiation between Israel and Egypt broke down.
Japan's Asia Card
Is Japan, having drawn its last drop of cultural strength from the West, about to turn its back and abscond with Asia, adding a new intellectual and ideological dimension to the economic co-prosperity sphere it has so dramatically resurrected?
Policing the Golan? No
American and Israeli officials say they expect U.
Asia's Rising Middle Class: Not a Force for Change
The ethic that has governed the East Asian Miracle and formed its middle class is antithetical to pluralistic liberalism -- and to change.
The Russian Aid Mess
The perception exists that aid to Russia and Ukraine has not met expectations. Looking back, it is increasingly evident that there was no way the program could have done so.
A State of Mind
It is now possible to discuss the domestic political scene very adequately with no, or only the most cursory, reference to foreign policy.
Asia-Pacific: The Case for Geopolitical Optimism
Uncertainties concerning the nature of the emerging international order are nowhere greater than in the vast region of the Asia-Pacific.
The Panic Gap: Reactions to North Korea's Bomb
Everyone knows that Americans should pay more attention to events outside their country's borders, especially now that we live in the Interdependent Age. But maybe the reverse is true.
Has Democracy Failed Russia?
The sudden collapse of the Soviet Union was immediately taken as vindication of Western values and proof of the superiority of both market economics and a democratic system of government.