Publications by John J. Tierney, Jr.

Where's the Fire?

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

California is not the only part of American now burning. So is the political system. The metaphor "fire" has served a number of purposes for human endeavor, mostly positive. Out West, the fire is tragic, but in human affairs, fire has indicated resolve, purpose, and dogmatic sense of mission, also hard to "put out."  {read more}

For America "The War to End War" Was Just the Beginning

Publication Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The most enduring legacy of World War I for the United States has been the emergence of a unique set of internationalist principles, which has allowed the country to elevate itself to a self-defined pedestal of righteous virtue justifying the pursuit of its foreign policies.  {read more}

The Brown Journal of World Affairs publishes article on WWI by Dr. John Tierney

Publication Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The 21.1 edition of The Brown Journal of World Affairs contains an article co-authored by IWP professor John Tierney and by David Ashlstrom entitled "Revisiting WWI."  {read more}

The real meaning of D-Day

Publication Date: Monday, June 7, 2004

Professor John Tierney reflects on the meaning of D-Day after sixty years.  {read more}

Failures of U.S. Intelligence: Americans Must Become Better Spies

The Transatlantic Response to Terrorism Special Report

Publication Date: Fall 2001

There is a growing danger that the two most important global "ships," the United States and the European Union, might pass each other in the night. As evidenced by President George W. Bush's two summer tours of Europe, and the media frenzies that preceded them, the sources of contention between the two world powers are numerous, and seemingly growing. At the heart of many of these disputes is the failure or unwillingness of one side to fully understand where the other side is coming from. If there is a positive result emanating from the tragic events of September 11, it may be that it presents a golden opportunity for the United States and the EU to work together on an issue of mutual concern: global terrorism. That will involve a significant new effort.  {read more}

Advances Abroad, Struggles Within

Publication Date: October 2000

On that day, the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), which had been known for 45 years as West Germany, officially absorbed the German Democratic Republic (GDR), or East Germany, reuniting a people who had been split apart politically, culturally, philosophically, and spiritually for decades by a cruel superpower conflict. The event actually began with the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. Both incidents were transitional points in modern European history.  {read more}

The World of Child Labor

Publication Date: August 2000

As Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) told a U.S. Department of Labor hearing in 1997, "In an age of computers, fiber optics, and space travel, it is easy to forget that in many parts of the world--including our own backyard--children are sold into servitude, chained to machines, and forced to work under the most dangerous and unsanitary conditions. For most American consumers, the plight of these children has been as distant as a novel by Charles Dickens--not a present-day reality."  {read more}

Controlling the Panama Canal

PBS Online

Publication Date: December 1999

In this PBS Online NewsHour Forum, Professor Tierney and William Ratliff of the Hoover Institution discuss the national security implications over who would control of the Panama Canal.  {read more}

America’s “Black Vietnam”: Haiti’s Cacos vs. The Marine Corps, 1915-22

Publication Date: Fall 1981

More than twenty years ago, IWP Walter Kohler Professor John Tierney wrote the following account of the initial U.S. intervention of Haiti in 1915, which he entitled America's "Black Vietnam." The article appeared in the Fall 1981 edition of the Lincoln Review, a scholarly journal on African-American affairs. The article is republished here to provide perspective on the early 2004 crisis in comparison to what the U.S. had to do some eighty years ago to restore order and stability in Haiti.  {read more}