One Nation

Editor’s note: This essay appears in the Spring 2018 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Reprinted by kind permission of the Claremont Institute.  In 1993 the president of the American Society for International Law called for a “campaign to extirpate the term [‘sovereignty’] and forbid its use in polite political and intellectual company.” Such a proscription

By | 2018-05-25T11:55:49+00:00 May 25th, 2018|

Making International Relations Great Again

The fumbling and waffling in the American and international media on three urgent contemporary issues: North Korea, Iran, and Palestine, reveal the dangers of the vacuum created by the Obama Administration in international relations, and the efficacy with which the Trump Administration is filling the vacuum. Obviously they are distinct crises with different

By | 2018-05-26T00:06:40+00:00 May 25th, 2018|

Iraqi Democracy Fails the United States—and the Iraqis

The United States is not a democracy. This discovery runs against the grain of all the liberal, middlebrow pabulum imparted from grade school teachers, as well as the talking points of the average politician. Our country is more accurately a constitutional republic. And that means, above all, limits. Limits on power, limits on

By | 2018-05-18T22:34:00+00:00 May 19th, 2018|

For European Action on Iran, Look Beyond Berlin

Mainstream views of European politics very rarely look past the Franco-German motor. President Trump’s verdict on the European Union as “basically a vehicle for Germany” accepts this common view among Western policymakers. But a resurgent European periphery offers Trump’s administration a chance to reshape the power dynamic in Brussels to Washington’s advantage. Major

By | 2018-05-16T18:19:42+00:00 May 17th, 2018|

Trump’s Common Sense Realism

Have you read Richard Fernandez’s interesting article on President Trump’s decision to withdraw America from the Obama nuclear deal? It is worthy of close reading. Fernandez considers it likely that Trump’s repudiation of the Obama deal will, in fact, dial down tensions in the world’s most unstable region. The simple reason: Obama’s policies were

By | 2018-05-15T11:59:33+00:00 May 15th, 2018|

Marx at 200 and the Ruling Class

The Bicentennial of Karl Marx’s birth (May 5, 1818) has come and gone without much fanfare, except in the People’s Republic of China. It’s not that the founder of Communism is forgotten or disrespected in America (a fate that befell him in the former Soviet Union and in North Korea), but that he

By | 2018-05-15T23:49:33+00:00 May 15th, 2018|

Trump’s Iran Decision Is Already Paying Off

The Iran deal has been killed. With it, Iran’s grand designs for regional hegemony are badly wounded. President Trump’s decision last week to withdraw from the deal comes at a time when the Iranian economy is suffering the effects of a decades’ long decline. After the Obama Administration secured its ill-advised executive agreement

By | 2018-05-14T14:58:06+00:00 May 14th, 2018|