There's a war in the Democratic Party, a struggle for its foreign policy soul. The latest round began when Sens. Daschle and Byrd started calling for an Afghanistan "exit strategy". On the other end, Sen. Lieberman criticizes the administration for doing too little, not too much. Lieberman’s brand of internationalist, hawkish liberalism is good for America - it will check bad Republican impulses.
U.S.-Russia relations lack substance, which has a negative effect on Russia’s political ego, amplifying nostalgia for the past and fears of irrelevance and neglect. The key to more substantial relations is to achieve one high-profile example of cooperative success to catalyze faith in the rewards of cooperation.
A major reason why the United States was so unprepared for the terrorist attacks of September 11 is that national threat assessments produced over the past few years have consistently pointed policy-makers in the wrong direction. Partisan political agendas distorted these assessments, and fundamentally misled and misdirected national security resources.
As the birthplace of the Internet, the United States has grown accustomed to its role as the world's leading information aggregator and disseminator. Many have extolled America's ability to wield not only hard military power but soft power, the less easily quantifiable ability to influence, persuade and shape opinion through culture, diplomacy, and diffuse information flows.
Michael McFaul discusses political developments in Russia and the prospects of democracy under Putin.
In almost all realms of international politics, the United States faces a new, more complex set of political, economic, and security, challenges after September 11th. U.S.-Russian relations offer one bright counter to this otherwise gloomier international picture.
Powell, the famously moderate multilateralist, may be the only one who can turn back this assault and protect the president's flank. In fact, the secretary of state may prove indispensable to the success of the Bush Doctrine. He will have some credibility when he makes the case for "regime change" in Iraq.
President George W. Bush's State of the Union remarks labeling Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an axis of evil quickly circled the globe and re-ignited fears of a more aggressive brand of U.S. unilateralism.