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Brilliant Minds

When I resolved to write about Polish contributions to the intellectual heritage of humanity, I imagined the skeptics rolling their eyes expecting yet another futile exercise of “The Elephant and the Polish Question” genre. What does one’s origin have to do with one’s creativity? The answer is, well, quite a bit but on many unexpected…

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Securing Our Flank in Europe

In November, 2000, the European Union decided to form a rapid reaction force to intervene in crises. No matter that the Europeans don't have the will and wherewithal to replace NATO. The Russians immediately invited themselves to join in. No matter that the Russians have little left to offer after Chechnya. Clearly, the Russian initiative…

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The World of Child Labor

As Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) told a U.S. Department of Labor hearing in 1997, “In an age of computers, fiber optics, and space travel, it is easy to forget that in many parts of the world–including our own backyard–children are sold into servitude, chained to machines, and forced to work under the most dangerous and…

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The Strategic Plan that Won the Cold War

The most authoritative report yet published about President Reagan’s strategy to accelerate the demise of the Soviet Union, this monograph focuses on National Security Decision Directive 75, prepared in early 1983, to run economic warfare against the USSR. The author served as senior director of national security planning and international economic affairs on the National…

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