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Neo-conspiracy theories

Neo-conspiracy theories Gerard Baker James Mann, The Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet (New York: Penguin, 2004), 426 pp., $16. Patrick Buchanan, Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2004), 272 pp., $24.95. Stefan Halper and Jonathan […]

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Tainted Transactions

Tainted Transactions Janine R. Wedel Harvard, the Chubais Clan and Russia’s Ruin ONLY A FEW years ago, American policymakers were confidently predicting that a regimen of privatization and market reform would in due course transform Russia into a stable and prosperous democracy. America would smooth this transition and U.S. aid–unselfish and urgent–would serve as a […]

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What combat does to man: private Ryan and its critics

What combat does to man: private Ryan and its critics – Steven Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’ Eliot Cohen Among the groups of scared, tired riflemen along the beach were a few intrepid leaders – officers, noncoms, and privates on whose individual backs the big responsibility at the moment lay. They began by example and exhortation […]

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The right stuff: defense planning challenges for a new century

The right stuff: defense planning challenges for a new century F. Stephen Larrabee IN THE coming decade, the United States will face a very different and much more challenging security environment than the one it confronted during the Cold War. New challenges will be posed by non-state actors, growing instability in the Muslim world, political […]

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Scimitars to plowshares

Scimitars to plowshares Hossein Askari TO SUCCEED in its Middle East policy of promoting democracy, peace and regional stability, the U.S. government (with the support of America’s private sector) must bring economic prosperity to this troubled region. After years of dismal economic performance and high population growth, unemployment in many of these countries is around […]

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American policy in the Caspian

Power failure: American policy in the Caspian S. Frederick Starr Many debate whether such a course is either necessary or wise. Nearly lost amid these controversies, however, are the growing problems of sovereignty in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Consistent with its principles, the United States has made clear its support for the independence of […]

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The poverty of anti-communism

The poverty of anti-communism – includes response articles of William F. Buckley Jr., Robert Conquest and Nathan Glazer John Lukacs The basic statement of American anti-Communism, as well as the basic conception of the Cold War, is the one expressed by William Buckley, Jr., who got it from James Burnham. I quote: “In 1917 history […]

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On liberty

On liberty Nikolas K. Gvosdev IS AMERICA about to launch a single-minded crusade to promote liberty around the globe, committing the blood and treasure of the United States to spread democracy in the Middle East and around the world at any cost? Some commentators seem to hope so, and to eagerly anticipate the sound of […]

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Facing down Iran

Facing down Iran Richard Weitz Ilan I. Berman, Tehran Rising: Iran’s Challenge to the United States (Lenham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), 224 pp., $24.95. THIS CONCISE book represents a well-integrated compilation of Ilan Berman’s writings on Iran, supplemented with new arguments and information. Its main thesis is that the United States lacks a coherent […]

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The American way; or how the chaos, unpredictability, contradictions, complexity and example of our system undid communism and apartheid

The American way; or how the chaos, unpredictability, contradictions, complexity and example of our system undid communism and apartheid John Chettle “[T]oday, for the first time in our history, we face the stark reality that the [communist] challenge is unending …. We must learn to conduct foreign policy as other nations have had to conduct […]