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.
In one of Shakespeare’s most famous quotations, Juliet asks Romeo “what’s in a name”? Indeed, name-calling is a meaningless and artificial convention, attendant to children who quote the verse “… names will never hurt me.” But they can and are meant to, not physically, but psychologically.Read More ›
If you oppose the new Central American (mostly from Honduras) “caravan” of over 7,000 migrants, it’s an “invasion;” if you support them it’s a “right” of travel and citizenship. In colonial America, similar divisions dominated the political discourse.Read More ›
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 ›