To say that Henry Kissinger is the most controversial of twentieth-century American Secretaries of State would be an understatement...
In his new book, The Decadent Society, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat presents a theory: “Western society stopped advancing in the second half of the 20th century."
"Everything is beautiful there, even regrets," Albert Camus said of the enchanting hilltop town known as Cordes sur Ciel.
The Battle of Thermopylae is long over, but it still has a great deal to tell us about friction between Persia and the West. By Victor Davis Hanson.
Jihadist violence troubles the lands around the Arabian Sea, where sailing of any sort has rarely been smooth. By Camille Pecastaing.
Peter Berkowitz on Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew who Gave us Modernity by Rebecca Goldstein.
Peter Berkowitz on Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism by Ibn Warraq
In 1978, the Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected to the papacy of the Catholic Church, taking the name John Paul II. In the twenty-four years since, Pope John Paul II has traveled more widely and held audiences for more people than any other pope in history. But beyond his long service and high profile, how will John Paul II be remembered? Will he be remembered more for his political impact—many say that he played a crucial role in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe—or for his ecclesiastical work? Just how well has John Paul II prepared the Catholic Church for the twenty-first century?
It’s imperfect, sometimes difficult even to define. But democracy works, and people want it. From a new book by Hoover fellow Michael McFaul.
Benjamin Balint on The Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea by Remi Brague
A new look at secularization.
Powerless, aimless, corrupt: what’s not to like? By Bruce S. Thornton.
His early years remain obscure, but the postwar writings and influence of the Longshoreman Philosopher proved incandescent. By Tom Bethell.
A secular look at one of the century’s deepest thinkers
“Imperialist designs” have come to an end. Now, says the dean of Mideast studies, the Arab-Muslim lands must shape their own destinies. By Bernard Lewis.
Admirers and critics have two diametrically opposed views of President George W. Bush. The admirers see a compassionate conservative at home and defender of the nation against terrorism and rogue states abroad. Critics see a radical conservative at home who led the nation into a destructive and unnecessary war abroad. Why do conservatives and liberals so often seem to be describing two different men when discussing President George W. Bush? Is it possible to find any common ground on which view of President Bush is closer to the truth?
The United States has always been among the kingdom’s best friends. Who better to help it change? By Leif Eckholm.