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The Ties That Fray: Why Europe and America are Drifting Apart

Instead of mindlessly extending guarantees to every potential trouble spot, and instead of basing our foreign policy on a presumption of permanent partnership, it is time for Europe and the United States to begin a slow and gradual process of dise

Unusually, the French are Happy

Lionel Jospin told a group of foreigners last summer that "it is a sociological fact that the French are always discontented with how they are governed." Yet polls show the French feel prosperous and confident in the future.

Kosovo: Only Independence Will Work

The continuation of the West's present policy on the other hand, far from solving Kosovo's problems, will only make them--and those of the whole Balkan region--far more lethally insoluble in the future.

Foreign Policy and Domestic Scandal

Nixon's extreme case illustrates the variety of potential problems that can arise in a scandal-weakened presidency. President Clinton seems to have dodged the bullet on the face of it; the November 3 election results demonstrated his remarkable po

Russia's Crisis, America's Complicity

The appointment of the Primakov government in September reflects profound changes in Russian politics, some of which have serious implications for the United States.

Wye Gamble?

Wye's fate will be more important to American interests than Oslo ever was.

Blogs

The Pentagon and Jobs

DoD has forgotten how to prioritize. Shrinking budgets will infuse a long-overdue measure of restraint.

Leon Panetta's War Against Budget Cuts

The battle over the Pentagon has begun. Panetta will stop at nothing to protect his house.

Is Obama Endangering the Military?

Neocons aren't conservative at all—or realistic—when it comes to defense spending.

Books & Reviews

Uncomfortable, but Invaluable

Urban's is not a happy memoir. The subtitle, My War Within the Cold War, sums up his theme. The new policy involved years of often bitter struggle with both grotesque reactionaries and Western appeasers.

The Other France

 Modernizing the Provincial City does not tell us anything we did not already know about how the French became and are becoming what they have been and are.

Acheson, Simply Put

Chace's Acheson is encompassing, graceful and prodigiously researched and annotated.

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April 18, 2014