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.
It was October 22, 1962, and President Kennedy would address the nation that night at 7 (EST). I was a new grad student at Penn and had class starting then. There were about 50 of us, seniors and first-year grads, and the class was “International Relations,” taught by Robert Strausz-Hupe and James E. Dougherty. Both…Read More ›
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…Read More ›
Throughout history, countries have come and gone, some by their own hand, some by others. There is no other way, either suicide or murder. In the final analysis, this issue hovers over any and all discussion and debate on the future. National Security is just that: “national” and not partial or selective.Read More ›
After the traumas of World War I, Warren G. Harding campaigned for president in 1920 to bring the U.S. back to “normalcy.” Toward the end of the Cold War in 1989, former UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick wrote a major article pleading that the U.S. return as “a normal country in a normal time.”Read More ›
In August 1990, President George H. W. Bush promised a “New World Order” in his address to the UN General Assembly. Bush was seeking international support in his run-up to the invasion of Iraq. He got his support, but world order was soon lost in the shuffle.Read More ›