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Why Anglos Lead

It's no accident of history that Anglo societies dominate the world order.

Migration and the Dynamics of Empire

Do all roads lead to the new (American) Rome? The imperial task has always been affected by the movement of peoples. It still is.

Continental Divides

It took awhile--more than a dozen years, in point of fact--but the natural tendency in international politics for states to balance against the power of a hegemon has emerged. In western Europe, of all places.

Imperial Temptations

The U.S. military budget is greater than those of the next 14 countries combined. Yet Americans face a greater risk of terrorist attack than ever before. This situation fosters a sense of vulnerability that makes Americans hyperalert and predispos

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.

Normative Shift

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


Papal Bull

First Mother Teresa. Then Henry Kissinger. Now the pope. What is Christopher Hitchens’ problem?


A British Wedding

It's up to the recently engaged Prince William—stiff upper lip and all that—to rehab the monarchy.

Books & Reviews

Power, Wealth and Wisdom

Is the United States really as strong and wise, and "Old Europe" as weak and wooly-headed, as many American foreign policy pundits and practitioners think? Another way to read Transatlantic realities.

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.

Capital Ideas

A look at the poverty of some contending economic fundamentalisms.

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April 24, 2014