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.
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Good Walls Make Good Neighbors

Paraphrasing poet Robert Frost (“good fences”) is only symbolic since the words are interchangeable. They can also be used as “lines,” “barriers,” or any other obstacle to traffic, whether man or beast. The title is also erroneous; fences “make” nothing but serve only to separate otherwise “bad” neighbors.

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The Mexican Border, Part II

A previous essay on the border (February 4) traced the early background of the region through the Eisenhower Administration (1953-61). Thus, the current turmoil on the issue, plus the government shutdown, has a 400 year legacy and is more a continuity than unique.

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The Mexican Border, A Short Background

It is one of American history’s greatest ironies that, since 2016, amidst the space age, with a generation of nuclear deterrence, instant global communications, and social media, that a border issue has dominated public attention. 

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Who Goes There, Friend or Foe?

The above question seeks the identity of the figure and whether he is shot or let in by the sentry. It is purely symbolic but, in a larger context, represents one of the enduring dilemmas of foreign policies, whether they be ours or theirs. Who is our friend, who is an enemy?

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Can Closed Minds Govern?

There has been much attention recently about the state of American education and the mindset of today’s “millennial” generation to appreciate the country they live in and the nature of the polity and culture.

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A World Restored

Dr. Kissinger’s first book was A World Restored, a history of the negotiations in Vienna (1815) that ended Europe’s chronic wars going back to the French Revolution (1789). 

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Latin America: The Forgotten Neighbor

The recent national obsession with the Mexican border has obscured a fact of even greater significance for American public attention. Within a general malaisein foreign policies since the end of the Cold War, the overall neglect of Latin America as a central focus has obscured an area which, from the beginning, played a central role in…

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Trump as Kaiser: The Need for a Doctrine

President Trump’s abrupt decision to relieve the 2,200 American soldiers from Syria is by-no-means life or death for global democracy, but the exaggerated reactions make it seem so. As for many of his behaviors, the style often destroys the substance. 

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Should There Be a Term Limit on Interventions?

President Trump’s abrupt decision to remove American forces from Syria produced a storm of critique from all quarters, left, right, and center. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned almost immediately, while op-ed opinion from the “mainstream” media was almost universally opposed.

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Orwell Returns: “Me First, America Too”

The subtitle of this essay has reversed two main “movements” in the contemporary culture: “Me Too” and “America First.” The result is a modern example of what George Orwell originally labeled as “doublethink” in his classic novel, 1984.

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