In Afghanistan, America Needs a Strategy, Not an Alibi

International Herald Tribune
June 25, 2010

I supported President Obama’s decision to double American forces in Afghanistan and continue to support his objectives. The issue is whether the execution of the policy is based on premises that do not reflect Afghan realities, at least within the deadline that has been set. The central premise is that, at some early point, the […]

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Lee Kuan Yew: Singapore’s Master Strategist

May 10, 2010

Historians have been debating, it seems forever, whether individuals shape events or are their register. There can be no doubt about the answer with regard to Lee Kuan Yew, 86, Minister Mentor of Singapore. For 50 years, he has shaped the fate of Singapore. He became Prime Minister when an obstreperous city was ejected from […]

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Iraq Can’t Be An Afterthought

The Washington Post
February 3, 2010

In a 71-minute State of the Union address, President Obama managed no more than 101 perfunctory words about Iraq. Throughout its term, the administration has recoiled from discussing Iraq's geostrategic significance and especially America's relation to it. Yet while Iraq is being exorcised from our debate, its reality is bound to obtrude on our consciousness. […]

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How to Protect Our Nuclear Deterrent

The Wall Street Journal
January 20, 2010

The four of us have come together, now joined by many others, to support a global effort to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, to prevent their spread into potentially dangerous hands, and ultimately to end them as a threat to the world. We do so in recognition of a clear and threatening development. The accelerating […]

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Essay for Photo BookCommemorating Helmut Kohl’s 8Oth Birthday

January 19, 2010

Helmut Kohl served as Chancellor during one of the most crucial periods of German history. No one did more to achieve the unification of his country. He was one of the builders of a united Europe. He played a central role in sustaining the Atlantic Alliance. Who has done more to shape this period? Bismarck […]

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How to Make Progress on North Korea

The Washington Post
December 18, 2009

The American special representative for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, returned from Pyongyang last week after unusually benign conversations. The North Korean government affirmed "the need to resume six-power talks" on the nuclear disarmament of the Korean Peninsula. It added, however, the proviso that the United States and Korea "needed to cooperate to narrow the remaining […]

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Deployments and Diplomacy

Oct 12, 2009

The request for additional forces by the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, poses cruel dilemmas for President Obama. If he refuses the recommendation and General McChrystal’s argument that his forces are inadequate for the mission, Obama will be blamed for the dramatic consequences. If he accepts the recommendation, his opponents may come to […]

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Foreword to William F. Buckley Jr., The Fall of the Berlin Wall (20th anniversary edition)

October 5, 2009

Bill Buckley was one of the most remarkable men of our time. Over fifty years ago, barely out of college, he rejected conventional wisdom and founded a magazine, National Review, dedicated to standing athwart the prevalent intellectual currents. It seemed an improbable undertaking at a time when the intellectual ramparts were close to being monopolized […]

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Making Common Cause

International Herald Tribune
August 20, 2009

At a recent dinner ending their annual cabinet-level strategic and economic dialogue in Washington, participants from the United States and China expressed their commitment to cooperative conduct with a warmth I have not seen exceeded since the two countries resumed contact in 1971. It is good that this was so, for the next decade will […]

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North Korea’s Nuclear Challenge

As published with minor cuts in the International Herald Tribune
June 4, 2009

The Obama administration has so far dealt publicly with the North Korean challenge in an understated, almost leisurely, manner. Emphasizing continued reliance on multilateral diplomacy, it has invited Pyongyang to return to the conference table, even while North Korea threatens military action and tests nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them — in the […]

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