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Bruce Cumings

In Our Own Image: The Sources of American Conduct in World Affairs

In the long span of American history, two moments stand out for theircreative refashioning of the political order.

Qu'est-ce qu'une refutation?

Anatol Lieven's article "Qu'est-ce qu'une nation?" (Fall 1997) is, like the curate's boiled egg in the old Punch cartoon, good in parts.

The Dangers of Expansive Realism

The Clinton administration's conversion from indifference, or even skepticism of NATO, to insistence on NATO expansion was the result of a combination of disparate events and pressures.

Europe's Underclass

The theories of Le Corbusier have much to answer for.

The Prudent Irishman: Edmund Burke's Realism

One of the many consequences of communism's collapse is disarray in the conceptual structures of American foreign policy. Without a clear focal point, one-time hawks now flap like doves, while erstwhile doves behave like birds of prey. The strateg

Too Much Memory: A Beginner's Guide to the Irish Question

Catholic nationalists say they want union with the Republic of Ireland. But do they really?

Books & Reviews

Pax Californica

America has at times oriented itself to the East, at others to the West. But what we have always had is a sense of our manifest destiny. And now the ideals of California—nihilism with a suntan—seem to be our primary ideological export.

Stalin, An Incompetent Realist

Marxists are not alone in stressing that the wellsprings of a state's foreign policy almost always come from its domestic social, economic, and political systems, a perspective that has been reinforced by the recent arguments.

Weighing Anchors

Walter Cronkite, A Reporter's Life (New York: Alfred A.

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April 16, 2014