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A Sit-Down with Brent Scowcroft

The principles of transformationalism—idealism spread by the barrel of a gun—have been central to America’s foreign-policy failings over the last eight years. With a new leadership in power, Washington has a chance to right past wrongs. But that w

The Big Ten: The Case for Pragmatic Idealism

James Baker endorsed Republican presidential hopeful John McCain today. In September, he gave his decalogue for foreign policy in The National Interest.

Lines in the Sand

A nation-state’s borders are not sacrosanct. Failed states should be fragmented into more governable parts.

The Return of the State

Five years ago, the Arab state was the problem.  Now it is seen as the solution.

The Ethics of Realism

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

Bad Statesman, Good Prophet

The shape of the post-Cold War world is not really elusive. It is defined by the Wilsonian triad of democracy, free trade and arms control.


Altered States

You know it is election season when politicians lay out the platitudes.

A U.S.-Japan Economic Partnership: Beyond Economics, Geopolitical Insurance

The idea of formally integrating the world's two largest economies-Japan and the United States-has been floated every two years or so, since the 1980s.

Hubs, Spokes and Public Goods

What has really changed since last September 11? Not very much.


Resets and Spheres of Influence

Surprise, Russia and China want their own spheres of influence. Condi Rice couldn't have been more wrong—the age of great-power politics is far from over.

Books & Reviews

Holding the Bridge

A portrait of a dedicated senator and steadfast cold warrior.

Reagan's Plan

Despite protestations to the contrary, Reagan did have a grand strategy.

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.

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April 16, 2014