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Spengler's Ominous Prophecy

An interbellum German intellectual's work is a powerful warning to Americans about the perils of our interventionist foreign-policy trajectory.

An Empire, If You Can Keep It

An empire is functionally distinct from a mere great power. If the United States adopts an imperial vocation, it will need to learn new ways to manage its national security challenges.

The Transformation of National Security

The Bush Administration's National Security Strategy is based on five critical redefinitions of international politics--and not a moment too soon.

Books & Reviews

America Under the Caesars

Anti-interventionists allege our leaders traded a strong, austere republic for a weak and sprawling empire predicated on a military might that could not match our own ambitions. This narrative negates real threats and real victories.

Strong State, Weaker Theory

A group of five Americans gathered in Paris a century ago to negotiate an end to the Spanish-American War.

The Appeal of Iran, Review of Shahram Chubin's Iran's National Security Policy: Capabilities and Intentions

Before we can begin to fashion a sensible Iran policy, the first task is to grasp the full dimensions of what Iran is all about.

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April 20, 2014