Foreign Policy

    • Commentary

    Trouble in Taiwan

    Beijing would ultimately rather confront the United States rather than permit Taiwanese independence; an expression of democratic self-determination is insufficient to establish territorial sovereignty; and it is not necessarily immoral, or fundamentally contrary to U.S. interests, to oppose any manifestation of democracy in Taiwan. Accordingly, it is prudent to maintain the status quo.

    • Commentary

    Right War for the Right Reasons

    • Robert Kagan, William Kristol
    • February 23, 2004
    • Weekly Standard

    With all the turmoil surrounding the failure to find stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons in Iraq, it is time to return to first principles, and to ask the question: Was it right to go to war?

    • Commentary

    Haiti offers nation-building lessons — should U.S. leaders care enough to look

    There are lessons in Haiti's collapse that seem starkly relevant to the "larger" foreign-policy issues of our day, particularly postwar Iraq and Afghanistan. These lessons should reduce partisan finger-pointing and remind us that the secret to success in U.S. overseas interventions is mustering the will to stay until the job is done right.

    • Commentary

    The World Just Got Safer. Give Diplomacy the Credit

    In the past few weeks we have witnessed remarkable changes in some of the most difficult and dangerous global nuclear proliferation threats. Rather than heading toward military conflicts, the United States seems to be moving toward negotiated solutions that could end the nascent nuclear weapons programs in Iran, Libya and possibly also North Korea.

    • Commentary

    Bush's New Plan to Stop Proliferation

    Like an investor watching his returns plummet, President Bush is rebalancing his proliferation portfolio. The huge cost of the Iraq war and his sinking poll ratings seem to have convinced the president that he has invested too heavily in military operations and unilateral initiatives and that it is time to move some political capital to international organizations and cooperative ventures.

    • Commentary

    Russian Think-Tanks

    • Event

    Current Challenges of Russian Domestic and Foreign Policy

    The coming years will witness the creation of new political structures and parties on the liberal and leftist flanks in Russia. A "total re-arranging of the old political blocs" is in progress. Expelling Russia from international groups such as the G-8 to encourage domestic change is a bad idea, because "totalitarian, authoritarian regimes flourish in isolation."

    • Commentary

    Truth or Dare

    In early January, my Carnegie Endowment colleagues and I released a report detailing systemic flaws in U.S. intelligence and decision-making regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq.

    • Commentary

    Africa's Big States: Toward a New Realism

    Countries with a combination of a large land mass and a sizeable population tend to be chronically unstable politically and economically. Allowing their problems to fester, the case all too often in the past, is a source of continuing hardship to their citizens and neighbors alike. The international community needs to consider a new approach to the problems of these nations.

    • Commentary

    Keeping a Nuke Peddler in Line

    It's been a poorly kept secret for several years that Pakistan helped develop nuclear programs in Iran, North Korea and probably in Libya. For the United States, however, Pakistan's help in the war on terror has been more important than its peddling of nuclear technology to rogue states.

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