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Reviews and Essays
The (Not So) Great Game
Central Asia and the Caucasus, we are often told, are vital political and economic interests for the United States. This is, to put it mildly, a gross exaggeration.
Conservatives are divided on matters of foreign policy. Nonetheless, there is still a creed that can bind them together.
A Year of Debating China
A review of a particularly acrimonious year in an ongoing debate.
Kofi Annan has promulgated a new rule for the conduct of international affairs. But there were difficulties in applying it, in the case if the weak as well as the strong.
Their own governments, not the economic system, were to blame for the recent financial crisis in Asian countries.
Paradise Lost: The Ordeal of Kashmir
The tortured history of the Princely State, one which may be today's ground zero in Asia.
NATO and Kosovo
The writer accuses Christopher Layne and Benjamin Schwarz of blaming the victims and exonerating the perpetrators in Kosovo. The authors respond.
The Folk Who Live on the Hill
Talk of vital interests has become canonical on Capitol Hill. But when pressed to identify these interests, too many congressional Republicans fall silent.
Did Western Civilization Survive the 20th Century?
Taking the long view, and finding reassurance, at the end of the millenium.
Present Laughter or Utopian Bliss?
Realists, neoconservatives and the Great Intramural Debate: who speaks for a conservative foreign policy?
Moralpolitik: The Timor Test
In our last issue, Charles Krauthammer declared the idea of humanitarian intervention one whose time has come and gone. A trip to East Timor persuaded this author otherwise.
The Jacksonian Tradition
How one distinctive, but neglected and sometimes disparaged, strain of America's political culture shapes our foreign policy and warfighting.
China's Military, Take 3
A reply to their critics, claiming that James Lilley and Carl Ford miss the forest for the trees.