Team of Heavyweights

The Washington Post
December 5, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has appointed an extraordinary team for national security policy. On its face, it violates certain maxims of conventional wisdom: that appointing to the Cabinet individuals with an autonomous constituency, and who therefore are difficult to fire, circumscribes presidential control; that appointing as national security adviser, secretary of state and secretary of defense […]

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What Vietnam Teaches Us

Newsweek
Nov 3, 2008

For America, the Vietnam War was the traumatic event of the second half of the last century. Entered into with a brash self-confidence after a decade and a half of creative and successful foreign policy, our engagement ended with America as divided as it had not been since the Civil War. As a result, Congress […]

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Finding Common Ground

International Herald Tribune
September 30, 2008

The crisis over Georgia raises an issue familiar from history: In 1914, an essentially local issue was seen by so many nations in terms of established fears and frustrations that it became global in scope and led to the First World War. There is no danger of general war today. But there is the risk […]

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The Oil Price and International Security

Tribune Media Services
September 11, 2008

The tripling in the price of oil from $30 a barrel in 2001 to more than $100 today represents the largest transfer of wealth in human history. The 13 OPEC members alone are expected to earn more than $1 trillion this year from oil sales. Inevitably, this must bring with it major political consequences. Not […]

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New Premises in Iraq

The Washington Post
July 31, 2008

The U.S. presidential campaign has been so long and so intense that it seems to operate in a cocoon, oblivious to changes that should alter its premises. A striking example is the debate over withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Over the past year, many have proposed setting a deadline for withdrawal. Proponents have argued […]

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The Unconventional Wisdom About Russia

Tribune Media Services
June 30, 2008

Conventional wisdom treated Dmitry Medvedev's inauguration as president of the Russian Federation as a continuation of President Vladimir Putin's two terms of Kremlin dominance and assertive foreign policy. A visit to Moscow with an opportunity to meet leading personalities of the political world, as well as representatives of various age groups in business and intellectual […]

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Globalization and Its Discontents

International Herald Tribune
May 29, 2008

For the first time in history, a genuinely global economic system has come into being with prospects of heretofore unimagined well-being. At the same time – paradoxically – the process of globalization tempts a nationalism that threatens its fulfillment. The basic premise of globalization is that competition will sort out the most efficient, a process […]

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The Three Revolutions

The Washington Post
April 7, 2008

The long-predicted national debate about national security policy has yet to occur. Essentially tactical issues have overwhelmed the most important challenge a new administration will confront: how to distill a new international order from three simultaneous revolutions occurring around the globe: (a) the transformation of the traditional state system of Europe; (b) the radical Islamist […]

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Two Tracks in Pakistan

The Washington Post
March 10, 2008

Last month’s election in Pakistan, far from calming the political crisis, has opened a new phase, and the world has a huge stake in the outcome. Pakistan is at the front line of the assault by Islamist radicalism on moderate elements within the Muslim world and on the institutions of the West. But it is […]

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Toward a Nuclear-Free World

The Wall Street Journal
January 15, 2008

Mr. Shultz was secretary of state from 1982 to 1989. Mr. Perry was secretary of defense from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Kissinger was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977. Mr. Nunn is former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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