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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.

All the President's Dreams

President Obama came to office promising a new era in international affairs. So far, he’s been big on rhetoric and has accomplished little. Obama’s inability to prioritize foreign policy risks destroying his presidency.

A Subversive on a Hill

With America mired in two wars and our economy in shambles, the chorus of declinists has returned. But the United States will endure because it is an elastic power.

Continental Drifts

America and the Continent may find themselves once again a united force to be reckoned with by the rest of the world. But the odds are grim.

A Realist Rally

As featured in the IHT: Realism can lead the way out of our foreign-policy shambles. But first the camp’s heavyweights need to bridge the partisan

The Three Rs: Rivalry, Russia, 'Ran

If we want to calm Iran's nuclear ambitions, we're going to need to brush up on our diplomatic basics.


Why No Middle Eastern Metternichs?

An inclusive and legitimate regional security agreement could be the answer to the Middle East's most serious problem: an instable order.

A Battle for the Soul of India

Jagdish Bhagwati and Amartya Sen's disputes are far more consequential than most academic dustups. 

Between Russia and China, a Demographic Time Bomb

With numbers, power and history, could Beijing press to revise the "unequal treaties" with Moscow?


Doing Something About Syria

As the violence escalates, cries for intervention may overwhelm rational thought about potential consequences.

The Wisdom of Henry Kissinger and George F. Kennan

We fail to heed the words of these two wise men at our peril.

Leslie Gelb's Prophecy

GOP opposition to New START has seriously damaged Republicans' foreign-policy credibility.

Books & Reviews

Democracy & Its Discontents

The inevitability of republicanism as the answer to infinite governmental woes seemed clear. Yet the belief that the world abhors an ideological vacuum was mistaken.

An American Monarch

Obama’s attack on the Supreme Court is just the latest in a long history of presidential power grabs. Gordon Wood dissects John Yoo.

In the Shadow of War

Western society tends to see disaster all around, from climate change to terrorism. But we live in a time of unbridled prosperity. Our age has nowhere near as great a measure of crisis as the age of total war.

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April 23, 2014