International Affairs

Those Who Rule Us

David Ignatius, the assistant managing editor of the Washington Post, recently tried to answer a question about the Clinton administration that has been on many minds over the past year:

Policy Toward Central Europe

Then there is the question of NATO. The negative U.S. response to the Visegrad Group’s application for immediate NATO membership (which would not unreasonably be interpreted in Moscow as having

Beyond Yalta

A new, reconstructed NATO, open to all the states of the former Soviet bloc that met the criteria defined above, would also put an end to the Yalta mentality, which

For Peace in Europe

The holidays are over. No, not just the seasonal celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas, and the new year, but the vacation from serious thinking about foreign policy that Americans have enjoyed

The Centrality of Europe

The prospect of a nuclear-armed North Korea led by the irrational Kim Il-sung or his heirs would have unhappy consequences for the security of East Asia, and would almost certainly

The Dilemma of Russia

Seeing Russia clearly has never been easy for western Europeans or Americans. There is the sheer size, the raw geographic magnitude, of the place. There are the cultural differences derived

Muscular Diplomacy

Russian foreign minister Andrei Kozyrev has also been making increasingly assertive statements in recent months. He has claimed “the entire geographic area of the former USSR” as a “sphere of

The Case for the New NATO

Strategic thinking begins with goals. What should be America’s goals in central and eastern Europe over the next twenty years? 1. We should seek a peaceful Europe, freed from the

Policy Toward Russia

The first thing Russia must understand is that the United States wants reform to succeed there. We want, in other words, a stable, democratic, economically successful, and secure Russia. This

Policy Toward Ukraine

No one can be sure how the struggle within the present reform coalition in Russia will play out, or whether the neo-imperialist currents in the Yeltsin camp will eventually make

The Freedom Offensive

The idea that the United States ought to help fellow democrats abroad, for reasons both practical and altruistic, did not, of course, originate with the National Endowment for Democracy. A

The Bangkok Conspirators

The bad guys at Vienna were not exactly shy about what they were up to. Two months before the Vienna conference got under way, they blatantly telegraphed their punch. At

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