Default Fellow

Hendrik Hertzberg

Biography: 

Senior Editor, The New Yorker.

Filter By:

Recent Commentary

A CRACK IN THE ICE: The Legacy of the Reykjavik Summit

with George P. Shultz, Hendrik Hertzbergvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 21, 2000

In 1986, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavik, Iceland, to discuss nuclear arms control. The American and Russian leaders negotiated boldly, pushing each other far past the limits of previous arms control agreements. Reagan and Gorbachev were soon close to an agreement to eliminate all nuclear weapons. The stopping point: Gorbachev insisted that America's Strategic Defensive Initiative, or "Star Wars" be scrapped. Reagan refused, and no agreements were reached. What is the legacy of the Reykjavik Summit? Was it a failure, a historic opportunity squandered? Or was it the beginning of the end of the Cold War?

DON’T STOP THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW: The Clinton Legacy

with Hendrik Hertzbergvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 21, 2000

What will be the legacy of William Jefferson Clinton? Will the Lewinski scandal and the impeachment define his presidency, or will people set those events aside and concentrate on his political achievements or lack thereof? How serious was Clinton’s misconduct in office? Was his domestic economic and political agenda a success or a failure? And how should we rate the foreign policy record of the Clinton administration?