Global Affairs

Vast Continent, Small World

The United States is more vulnerable than ever before to events in the outside world — and more influenced by them.

The Realist Creed

Realism is imbued with a hard morality of best possible outcomes under the circumstances, not a soft morality of good intentions.

Oriental Despotism

In a world of postmodern electronic communications, dictators simply cannot rule in the totalizing manner of ancient and modern tyrants.

The End of the Middle East?

The United States is gradually moving away from the Middle East as the Middle East slowly dissolves into a Greater Indian Ocean world.

The Plantagenet Effect

A functioning democracy is an expression of culture and historical development that cannot be easily exported.

Super Chaos?

What if, deeper into the 21st century, Russia and China prove to be ungovernable by centralized means?

Why War Is Good

Wars may have helped, rather than hindered, human progress.

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