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Exactly how will "history" save us, Mr. Obama?

By |September 12th, 2014|

President Obama thinks that history will magically take out all the bad guys in the world. He repeatedly lectures us that bad actors – people like Vladimir Putin, Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, the vicious ISIS beheader of two American journalists, and anyone else who is giving him downward poll spiral headaches are “on the wrong side of history.” […]

Europe and the end of history

By |August 18th, 2014|

(Oslo) In 1992 renowned political scientist Francis Fukuyama published an iconic book entitled The End of History and the last Man which was widely interpreted to mean that with the collapse of the Soviet Union the World had reached a decisive turning point characterized by the final triumph of liberal democracy and free markets. […]

The folly of blocking natural-gas exports

By |April 2nd, 2014|

The boom in American natural-gas production during the past several years, and the consequent crash of domestic natural-gas prices, has caused many to call for the liberation of U.S. natural-gas exports. […]

Think Again: Countering lawlessness, at home and abroad

By |March 27th, 2014|

Since Teddy Roosevelt counseled, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” U.S. presidents mostly have followed his advice, cautioning adversaries to resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences. […]

The Kremlin’s worldview: understanding Russian behavior

By |March 25th, 2014|

(Nantucket) In March it is possible to walk three or four miles along this island’s magnificent windswept beaches without encountering a single human being yet always in the presence of the awesome power of Nature in the form of the huge Winter surf that relentlessly pounds and reshapes these shores. It is an excellent circumstance to contemplate Eternal Questions or more immediate ones like “What explains Russian behavior and what should we do about it?” […]

Is this the start of Cold War II?

By |March 8th, 2014|

The Cold War haunted many of us when we were young, whispering always about the possibility of nuclear exchange, sometimes, as in the Cuban Missile Crisis, shouting about it, and reminding us of another kind of life, of an oppressive, miserable slave-state existence some saw as justice. It seemed that it would last forever except that suddenly the Soviet Union crashed. The Cold War was gone. […]