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Jonathan Schell


Harold Willens Peace Fellow, Nation Institute; Author, The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People.

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GIVE WAR A CHANCE? The Utility of War

with Victor Davis Hanson, Jonathan Schellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 24, 2003

The Prussian military historian Carl von Clausewitz famously observed that "war is merely a continuation of politics by other means." These "other" (violent) means have been used on countless occasions throughout human history to settle conflicts over land, resources, and political rule. But what is the utility of war in the modern world? In a world with weapons of mass destruction, have the means of war delegitimized its use? In a world of expanding democracy, and cultural and economic interdependence, has the use of force become outdated?

STOP THE MADNESS: Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

with Peter Lavoy, Jonathan Schellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, May 16, 2003

In 1998, India and Pakistan detonated nuclear weapons, becoming the first new nations in three decades to join the club of nuclear powers. Today other nations, such as North Korea and Iran, are on verge of doing so as well. Why is the nonproliferation regime, which seemed to work well for so many years, failing now? Has the Bush administration's response to the new dangers of proliferation been appropriate, or will it make the danger worse?