Publications by John J. Tierney, Jr.

Can There Be World Order?

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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 this will simply be the natural result of his personality and experience.   {read more}

The Immigration Imbroglio: A Historical Perspective

Publication Date: Monday, August 21, 2017

"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}

Superpower Collapse

Publication Date: Monday, July 31, 2017

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}

New World Order? Trumpís Foreign Policy in Perspective

Publication Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017

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}

National Security Candidates, Then and Now

Publication Date: Friday, August 5, 2016

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}

Casualties of War

Publication Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

On July 6, 2016, the British Government, under the leadership of former government civil service official, John Chilcot, issued its definitive summary of the six-year (2003-2009) British occupation of Iraq.  {read more}

To Carry a Torch for Lady Liberty

Publication Date: Friday, July 1, 2016

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}

Brexit: The second greatest British decision

Publication Date: Friday, June 17, 2016

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 Europe as we know it and the "special" American relationship with Britain, going back to the nineteenth century.   {read more}

Memorial Day: One Lucky Country

Publication Date: Friday, May 27, 2016

As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, it might be prudent to remember what we are celebrating. The holiday, originally called Decoration Day, began during the Civil War as a time to remember those who fell, on either side.   {read more}

Erasing History

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Driving down Virginia's John Mosby Highway recently, I wondered how long we will keep this name alive, given that Mosby was a fierce Confederate partisan during the Civil War. Should we rename the road?   {read more}

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Total Records: 38