Publications by John J. Tierney, Jr.

Brexit: The second greatest British decision

Publication Date: Friday, June 17, 2016

On June 23, the British people will commit to the second greatest decision that they have been asked to make in over one hundred years: whether or not to remain in the European Union. "Brexit," ("British exit") has the potential to turn the entire international system on its head, including the very political/economic definition of Europe as we know it and the "special" American relationship with Britain, going back to the nineteenth century.   {read more}

Memorial Day: One Lucky Country

Publication Date: Friday, May 27, 2016

As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, it might be prudent to remember what we are celebrating. The holiday, originally called Decoration Day, began during the Civil War as a time to remember those who fell, on either side.   {read more}

Erasing History

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Driving down Virginia's John Mosby Highway recently, I wondered how long we will keep this name alive, given that Mosby was a fierce Confederate partisan during the Civil War. Should we rename the road?   {read more}

“Doctrinaire” Foreign Policies

Publication Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Throughout history, nations have chosen to label their important policy objectives as “doctrinal” in scope, as though these were religious rather than merely secular in nature.   {read more}

Is NATO Necessary?

Publication Date: Monday, April 4, 2016

April 4, 2016 -- NATO is sixty-seven years old and has suddenly become a major bone of contention in the Republican primary fight. Although some may welcome the notion that, at long last, the remaining three in this contest are tackling a serious strategic issue, the rancor still remains.  {read more}

How to win a war without fighting

Publication Date: Monday, March 28, 2016

In the 1970s, the U.S. pursued a foreign policy of "détente," guided by Henry Kissinger, that had some success, especially with China, but failed to stop the surge of Soviet strategic nuclear power and Soviet advances across the globe.   {read more}

How to fight a war without winning

Publication Date: Monday, March 28, 2016

Having left Southeast Asia in 1975 in a disastrous condition, the United States vowed “No More Vietnams,” the title of ex-President Nixon’s 1985 book. Since Nixon had supervised about half of the war, his view on its legacy fairly summarizes a more general consensus: once bitten, twice shy.   {read more}

American Involvement in Vietnam: Geopolitics and Ideology

Publication Date: Monday, March 14, 2016

American involvement in Vietnam began quite early in the Cold War when, in 1950, the Truman Administration began financing the French effort to retain Indochina against the communist-nationalist "Vietminh" guerrillas led by Ho Chi Minh and based in Hanoi.  {read more}

Geopolitical Determinism: Dominos

Publication Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Traditional geopolitical theories have long concentrated on Europe as the center of their strategic universe, with the major exception of the sea power designs of the American naval officer, Alfred T. Mahan. But the classic geopoliticians have been Europeans.   {read more}

The Far East: Geopolitics of the Open Door

Publication Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

The designation "Far East" for the United States is a geopolitical misnomer, a reflection of the powerful impact Great Britain has had upon the American worldview. If one would stand on the shores of San Francisco Bay, for example, and look across the Pacific, one would naturally be looking west.   {read more}

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