Is China a Permanent Enemy?

If there is any word that should be removed from the world politics vocabulary, it is “permanent.” The subject, i.e. foreign policy, international politics, has a history that almost makes a mockery of the adjective and testifies to a near-total lack of anything durable within its midst. The only thing, tragically, that seems to endure…

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The Best Foreign Policy Presidents

Normally, U.S. presidents are ranked overall, without qualification. To date, there has (seemingly) been no ranking of “domestic” presidents, nor “commanders-in chief,” nor best “environmental,” etc. Yet “foreign policy” can be justified as vital to national life and, indeed, higher than any domestic issue that supports life.

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Did the Moon Landing Have Meaning?

On July 20, 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong left Apollo 11, stepped on the surface of the moon, and told the world that he was making history. His first step, he declared, was “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” But what was the “giant” leap? Was the moon landing a singular…

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The apparent imminence of war

The entire region between the Mediterranean Sea and India is a seething cauldron of threats, counter-threats, plots, conspiracies, economic sanctions, and military movements. At any moment, an incident, misunderstanding, or accident could cause the cauldron to boil over into open interstate war.

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