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Conservatism in the United States

The False Neocon View of Reagan

There's a dangerous illusion in the  legend that Reagan changed course in Cold War policy and set the country on a path to expansive overseas adventurism. Beware of false lessons about his stewardship.

Why We Exist

The National Interest stands for realism in U.S. international relations, a conviction that foreign policy should be based upon real-world considerations—forces, pressures and passions emanating from factors of culture and geography.

Conservative Nation

Declarations of conservatism's demise after the 2008 election were greatly exaggerated. As the opposition, American conservatives are in their element—can they draw upon their intellectual tradition to solve what ails America?

Republican Reckoning

Mismanaged for eight years by the Bush administration, the Republican Party is in peril. Neoconservative table scraps are neither appropriate nor wise. But the GOP has another foreign-policy tradition to which it can turn. Presidents from Eisenhow

Continental Drifts

America and the Continent may find themselves once again a united force to be reckoned with by the rest of the world. But the odds are grim.

Empire Falls

The United States is in unprecedented decline. Future generations will look back at the past decade as the beginning of the end of American hegemony.


The Coming GOP Foreign-Policy Slugfest

The debate will be deeper than the Christie-Paul bout would suggest.

Libertarians to Christie: Bring It On

Rand Paul's defenders feel they have a strong hand against more traditional Republicans.

For Conservatives, Snowden Is Hero and Horror

The right's split on the leaker parallels its reaction to McCarthyism decades earlier.


Why Americans Are Less Hawkish than Their Leaders

The origins and consequences of the public-elite opinion gap on foreign policy.

Gov. Christie, Bill Kristol and the Future of the GOP

Has Governor Christie bought into the neocons' benevolent global hegemony?

Good Morning America: Ron Paul Runs for the Presidency

Is a Pauline conversion about to take place? 2012 may be the battleground for the soul of the GOP.

Books & Reviews

The Critique of Pure Kagan

Robert Kagan has issued a cri de coeur urging Americans to reject calls for reduced U.S. military spending, curtailments in the country’s global commitments and restraint on its interventionist impulses. But his prescriptions are shortsighted.

Death by Irrelevance

Rockefeller, Lindsay, Scranton—just three of the “moderates” who failed to keep the GOP from the clutches of Goldwater and Nixon. Geoffrey Kabaservice laments their defeat with a wistfulness that obscures from him their true frustration.

Punditry at the Drive-Thru

Peter Beinart's books represent the intellectual equivalent of what nutritionists call the empty-calorie principle.

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April 17, 2014