Winter 1999-2000


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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.

Anatol Lieven

Robust Nationalism

Conservatives are divided on matters of foreign policy. Nonetheless, there is still a creed that can bind them together.

Samuel P. Huntington

Kofi's Rule

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.

Edward Luttwak

Self-Inflicted Wounds

Their own governments, not the economic system, were to blame for the recent financial crisis in Asian countries.

Hilton L. Root

NATO and Kosovo

The writer accuses Christopher Layne and Benjamin Schwarz of blaming the victims and exonerating the perpetrators in Kosovo.  The authors respond.

Ivo DaalderChristopher LayneBenjamin Schwarz

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.

James Kitfield

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.

Donald K. Emmerson

The Jacksonian Tradition

How one distinctive, but neglected and sometimes disparaged, strain of America's political culture shapes our foreign policy and warfighting.

Walter Russell Mead

China's Military, Take 3

A reply to their critics, claiming that James Lilley and Carl Ford miss the forest for the trees.

Bates GillMichael O'Hanlon