Winter 2002-2003

All the Way

Vladimir Putin's vision of Russia's place in the real new world order offers a prospect of genuine Russian-American alliance. George W. Bush should pursue it.


An Inky Wretch

The world's first political journalist, Marchamont Nedham, was deeply partisan, but also pragmatic, principled and competent. A rare combination indeed.

Bullish on Democracy

Contrary to covnventional wisdom, foreign direct investment by multinational corporations has bolstered transitions to democracy--more so, it turns out, than official development aid.

Dual Frustration

Russia and America still disagree about Iran and Iraq. An experienced policymaker explains what's not in this rivalry--and what to do about it.

End of an Affair?

A tale of Mexican-American romance and disappointment, with proposals preferred to save a friendship.

Normative Shift

Social values change, and international norms change with them. A look at global issues and crises through the lens of "normative shift".

Sonderweg: The Closing of the German Mind

Germany's September election displayed the effects of its 68ers' "Long March through the institutions." Herewith an assessment and a critique.

The Scandal of U.S.-Saudi Relations

Excessive deference toward Saudi Arabia undermines U.S. national interests, and the basic reason for it is none too pretty.

The Unipolar Moment Revisited

As the "unipolar moment" stretches out into an era, its opportunities and vulnerabilities both come clearer a dozen years after its conceptual coinage.

Working Out: A Letter from Sinaloa

Sinaloa's maverick governor and his team have turned a narco-trafficking hellhole into a civic and commercial success. Maybe their formula can be franchised.

Books & Reviews

'Oh James': 007 as International Man of History

How a fictional secret agent came to epitomize the Anglo-American relationship and interpret the evolving Cold War for the movie-going masses.

A Matter of Writing Life and Death

Primo Levi's biographers offer no improvement on the original, whose unabridged voice we need to heed more than ever.

A Papier-Maché Fortress

Philip Bobbit's grand historical vision remains impressive, until one examines its history.

Endless Churchill

Churchill remains a figure of fascination, especially for Americans. Five new books should sate our appetites for awhile.

Power Steering

Two optimistic portrayals of the international future--by political scientists Joseph Nye and Michael Mandelbaum--go under a historian's scalpel.

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