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Hans Morgenthau

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.

Mind the Gap

Why policymaking elites and foreigners alike distrust the judgment of Americans.

What Hobbes Really Said

Life in the state of nature may be "nasty, brutish and short," but states are not people, and Hobbes is not the ultra-realist he is made out to be.

The Ethics of Realism

Hans Morgenthau and Reinhold Niebuhr--the fathers of American realism--understood that good intentions do not excuse failure.


Francis Fukuyama, Ian Rainey, Mike Roskin, Gary Schmitt, George Modelski, John M. Owen, IV, Eric Chenoweth, Kenneth Minogue and Max Singer.

Inside the Cave: The Banality of I.R. Studies

In general, the landscape of international relations thinking in the United States is a view of a great American desert with a few refreshing and enlivening oases. Here's how to improve it.


Kenneth Waltz's Crucial Logic

Why the scholar's thought continues to have an enormous impact.

Kenneth Waltz and the Power of Pure Theory

Waltz had a gift for rigorously linking the theoretical with the practical.

How the GOP Lost National Security

Republicans abandoned Reagan's optimistic pragmatism for their own brand of idealism.


You Gotta Serve Somebody

Think tanks are inherently biased and political. Caveat emptor.

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April 23, 2014