Security

On Reading My Stasi Files

Two years ago I applied to the German government to see my file, in order to find out exactly what the Stasi thought I was doing. After a delay of a year and a half permission was finally given.

Frederic L. Pryor

The New Cold War Debate

Nations, like people, view their past through emotional and psychological prisms. The normal course is for national history to become heroic myth--a saga of obstacles overcome, evil vanquished, national character triumphant.

Necessary Imperfections

Ernest Gellner's Conditions of Liberty is the best treatment of civil society to emerge from a post-Cold War perspective. Gellner himself these days is in Prague much of the time, studying the process of regeneration from the inside.

Preserving the Well-Bred Horse

Skepticism ought to greet the revelation that the American military establishment has uncovered a new Rosetta Stone that bids fair to transform the subject of their profession.

Andrew J. Bacevich

No End of a Lesson

Should American military leaders devote themselves to controlling the chaos let loose by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, or should they prepare for larger and longer term threats?

Thomas Donnelly

Defending the Lucky Country

The conundrums of Australian strategy are long-term concerns, and ones of which the Australians are quite aware. With regard to defense policy, as with other aspects of its national existence, Australia remains the lucky country, but one whose luc

Eliot A. Cohen

Cavalry to Computer: The Pattern of Military Revolutions

The lessons of earlier revolutions seem to contradict much of the conventional wisdom with respect to the United States' prospective competitive military position. In a revolutionary epoch, long-term U.S. military dominance is not preordained

Andrew F. Krepinevich

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