John J. Tierney Jr. is a Professor Emeritus at IWP and Former Special Assistant and Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
Of all the charges against the Trump Administration, including the President’s obsessions and personal quirks, perhaps most damaging is the notion that he will eventually destroy world order as we know it. Nobody believes that he, like history’s tyrants — Bonapartes and Hitlers — will send armies across borders to occupy neighbors. Most believe that…Read More ›
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” goes the first line of poetry etched on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty.Read More ›
Less than a quarter-century ago, there were no competitors to the presence of American power on the world stage. The country had, unprecedentedly, won two of the greatest wars in world history and had prevailed over the Soviet Union, a land-based tyranny with over 40,000 nuclear weapons.Read More ›
Of all the critiques of the new President, certainly in foreign policy, none has been more pervasive than the notion that he will soon destroy the “world,” at least that part of it known as the “liberal international order.”Read More ›
The 2016 presidential race has focused largely on personalities and domestic issues, especially the economy, with national security policies obscured amidst sustained recriminations on the Benghazi incident and Donald Trump’s alleged reckless approach toward NATO, Russia and nuclear weapons.Read More ›
There’s a reason why she carries a torch, and there a reason why July 4th is associated with fire and fireworks. That reason is embedded within the fabric of American history and the cause of liberty which, from the beginning, was seen as the political “torch” that would light a fire worldwide.Read More ›
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…Read More ›