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Understanding Our Adversaries
Why We Need Totalitarianism

Why we need a more refined concept of it, that is.

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From the May/June Issue
Could It Have Been Otherwise?

Russian-American relations are in ruins. A look back at decisions made after the Cold War can help us understand what went wrong—and whether the United States had other options.

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Baseball’s Divine Comedy

The classic Ron Shelton film Bull Durham (1988) takes its hero on a Dantean journey from purgatory to paradise.

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Cool Hand Brent

A new biography of Brent Scowcroft captures some of the man the author once worked for, but only some.

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Misunderstanding War

War remains one of the most consistently misunderstood of human behaviors.

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Understanding Our Adversaries
Those Crazy Christians

The West is struggling to navigate Islam’s major sectarian cleavage; about 500 years ago a Muslim superpower navigated Christendom’s Wars of the Reformation. Anything to learn here, perhaps?

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Understanding Ourselves
The Paradox of American Democracy Promotion

Two entwined truths go far to define U.S. foreign policy: We must promote democracy; and we certainly will make a hash out of it.

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Understanding Ourselves
Pax Anglo-Saxonica

There is a distinctive Anglo-American way of conceptualizing global strategic reality, and it goes far deeper than the abstractions of liberalism.

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Understanding Our Adversaries
The Worst of All Possible Cubas

Three distinct patterns of transition out of communist rule exist: Russian, Chinese, and East European. The new American policy dooms Cuba to the worst of the lot.

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Capitalism Da Capo

Authors tapping into the renewed interest in the history and nature of capitalism are stumbling over an unexpected problem: There’s no agreement on what capitalism is.

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