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Leo Strauss and the Conservatives

by Steven Lenznervia Policy Review
Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Steven Lenzner on Willmoore Kendall: Maverick of American Conservatives, John Alvis and John Murley, eds.

Democratic Imperialism: A Blueprint

by Stanley Kurtzvia Policy Review
Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Lessons from the British in India

The Oblivious Voter

by Benjamin Wallace-Wellsvia Policy Review
Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Benjamin Wallace-Wells on The Vanishing Voter: Public Involvement in an Age of Uncertainty by Thomas E. Patterson

The globe in slices

Rage, Hubris, and Regime Change

by Ken Jowittvia Policy Review
Tuesday, April 1, 2003

The urge to speed History along

The Cosmopolitan Illusion

by Lee Harrisvia Policy Review
Tuesday, April 1, 2003

The citizen of the world is a citizen of nowhere

Elections in Iraq
Analysis and Commentary

The Dilemma of Reforming a Post-Saddam Iraq

by Russell A. Berman, Stephen Haber, Barry R. Weingastvia World Trade
Monday, March 24, 2003

To understand how Western political and economic systems might be transplanted into a post-Saddam Iraq, we need to understand what is "Western" about our culture, politics, and economics.

CARNAGE AND CULTURE: The Western Way of War

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Is the culture of the West—the line of cultural tradition that connects modern America and Europe with ancient Greece and Rome—particularly lethal in war? Victor Davis Hanson contends that, from the time of the Greeks on, Western culture has created the deadliest soldiers in the history of civilization. What is it about the Western tradition that has so often led to victory on the battlefield over non-Western armies? What does this tradition mean for the battles that America will face in the future?

A FORK IN THE ROAD: Is the Transatlantic Alliance Dead?

with Victor Davis Hanson, Charles Kupchanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Over the past year, the clashes between the Bush administration and European leaders over the best way to handle Saddam Hussein have led many observers to suggest that the half-century-long alliance between Western Europe and the United States is dead. How serious is the rift between Europe and America, and why has it emerged? Is it still in the strategic interest of the United States to maintain tens of thousands of troops in Europe, or should we pull out of NATO altogether?

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING? Is America Becoming an Empire?

with Mark Danner, Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, February 28, 2003

Since the end of the cold war, the world has watched as the United States became, not merely the world's only superpower but what the French began calling a "hyperpower." Now, with the United States asserting its will and power on such issues as Iraq and the war on terror while rejecting contraints that the international community tries to place on it, some suggest that the term American empire is more appropriate. If America does have an empire, it is not based on territorial expansion as in past empires. So what is it based on? And would taking on the role of imperial hegemon be good for America and the world?

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Analysis and Commentary

Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome

by H. R. McMastervia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, February 17, 2003

Rather than helping us avoid folly, the symbolic memory of Vietnam poses a danger.


Military History Working Group

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.