walter russell mead peter berger lilia shevtsova adam garfinkle andrew a. michta
No Illusions

Andrew Sullivan is shocked and appalled that President Obama now seems committed to stretching coalition involvement in Libya beyond the narrow confines of the UN Security Council resolution: It’s so surreal, so discordant with what the president has told the American people, so fantastically contrary to everything he campaigned on, that I will simply wait […]

The Shores of Tripoli: Our Latest Wilsonian War

It’s still much too soon to tell how America’s Libya liberation venture will work out.  The international coalition is shaky; the UN mandate is dubious; air power has frequently disappointed those who trusted that it alone can win wars; political support in the US is shaky; the Great Loon of Libya, a statesman in the […]

Who are the Copts?

The Copts have featured repeatedly in media reports about Egypt. Before the recent revolutionary events the reports have been about murderous attacks on Coptic churches and homes by Islamic fanatics, unhappily in line with similar attacks on Christians in Iraq, Pakistan and other Muslim-majority countries. There were some uplifting follow-up stories from Egypt—Muslims (including leading […]

Egypt, for Real

A couple of days ago, I was asked a few questions about what chances liberal forces had in Egypt after the referendum. My response was in the negative. The young activists so often described in the Western media as liberal, democratic or secular stand no chance in the next parliamentary elections scheduled for next September. […]

Black And Blue 2: Blacks Flee Blue States in Droves

Two milestones in the long, painful decline of the blue social model were reached this week and reported, of all places, in the pages of the very éminence grise of the monde bleu: the New York Times. The first was a piece of national and historical news: The Census reported that waves of blue state […]

South Africa: A Fading Rainbow?

I just spent a week in South Africa, attending a fascinating conference of limited “godder” interest. I have been coming to that country for over twenty-five years, watching with empathy its transformation from an odious racist regime to a vibrant democracy. This was a visit after an interval of about three years, and once again […]

Against Humanitarian Intervention

The argument one’s been hearing most of all from critics of the intervention in Libya has been over consistency. If we’re so keen on invading Libya for ostensibly humanitarian reasons, why aren’t we fighting a war in Bahrain, Yemen or Côte d’Ivoire? The implication here is two-fold: that the Obama Administration has embarked on this […]

Down the Rabbit Hole

To all appearances, U.S. foreign policy in the Obama Administration has now definitively gone down the rabbit hole. It is intoxicated with an advanced form of Wilsonian madness, one shorn of all sensitivity to the consequences of the U.S. government’s behavior. Like Alice with her pills, some things are getting or will soon get bigger—risks, […]

Strategic Lessons From Hannibal’s War

With the world melting down and the Bard semester heating up, I’ve fallen behind in my grand strategy posts; apologies to all and I hope to catch up with a post next week (during Bard’s spring break) on Machiavelli. But today’s business is still the Second Punic War, the conflict between Carthage and Rome that […]

Obama’s War

“Vote for a Republican,” my grandfather used to say, “and you get a depression.  Vote for a Democrat and you get a war.”  That seemed like a pretty good rule of thumb in the twentieth century: Warren Harding and Herbert Hoover gave us depressions, and Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Jack Kennedy (with […]

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Pipeline Politics

The state-owned gas firm submitted a request to Moscow asking that the price discount be extended for another three months. It’s likely an attempt to weaken European solidarity on sanctions.

The New Bad Deal

As the “Second Machine Age” looms and the blue social model slips into obsolescence around the world, Latin America is especially ill-prepared, because it never really adapted to the First Machine Age all that well.

What's Up Down Under?

Australia’s center-right parties got a much-needed boost with a recent electoral victory in the country’s most populous state. A lot now depends on how a plan to privatize power goes.

The Iran Deal

Even the President’s most reliable defenders are voicing serious concerns on Iran.

Reformer vs. Religious Authoritarian

Is Narendra Modi an “Indian Erdogan”? How he handles religious tensions in his sprawling, multi-confessional democracy will go a long way to showing us how successful his term can be.

Fixing Flood Insurance

As changes to the federal insurance premiums go into effect on April 1, we get a glimpse into the kind of sensible reform that can appeal to greens and Tea Party activists alike.

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