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Foreign Policy news and analysis from The Nation

  • July 27, 2006

    Too Late for Empire

    Thirty years after Watergate, we again face a constitutional crisis at home and a misconceived war abroad. The United States will remain a helpless giant until we finally learn that power in the nuclear, postimperial age is diplomatic, not military.

    Jonathan Schell

  • July 27, 2006

    The Triumph of Crackpot Realism

    The American government has lost its grasp on reality in Iraq and Lebanon. They seek out the bright, clear problems of war, leaving rubble and corpses in their wake.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • July 27, 2006

    The Fractured Mideast

    Bush's Mideast strategy of inaction is a dangerous failure. He must act diplomatically to achieve a cease-fire, prisoner exchange and Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands.

    the Editors

  • July 26, 2006

    Labor Pains of a Stillborn Foreign Policy

    By saying that the Israel-Lebanon crisis simply represents the "birth pangs of a new Middle East," Condoleezza Rice underscored the Bush Administration's blindness to the disastrous effects its foreign policy has wrought.

    Robert Scheer

  • July 13, 2006

    Empire as a Way of Life

    Two new histories of British imperial rule in India take the narrow view. In fact, the scandal of empire can be isolated neither to Europe nor to the past.

    Linda Colley

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  • July 13, 2006

    From Imperialism to Empire

    The crises faced by Bush signal not only the errors of his Administration but the end of imperialism itself--and the emergence of new, more dangerous forces.

    Michael Hardt

  • July 12, 2006

    Channeling Nixon

    If Tricky Dick could tame the grizzled Mao, then certainly Bush could butter up Kim Jong Il with some of that frat boy charm. Who knows, Dearest Leader might even join Bush's shaky "coalition of the willing."

    Robert Scheer

  • July 10, 2006

    The New American Cold War

    The cold war never really ended: Russia's continuing instability and weapons of mass destruction, combined with Washington's triumphalist foreign policies and US/NATO military buildup, are creating an even more dangerous situation.

    Stephen F. Cohen

  • July 10, 2006

    The American Political Tradition

    American foreign policy is shaped by a myth of national righteousness. In two new books, Peter Beinart abuses history to suggest liberals embrace this myth, while Stephen Kinzer uses America's history of involvement in foreign coups to reveal why we cannot.

    Andrew J. Bacevich

  • June 26, 2006

    Say Goodbye to Bolton

    Selection of a new UN Secretary General is too important to be engineered by the whims and prejudices of John Bolton. It's time for saner voices in the Administration to tell the UN ambassador his time is up.

    Ian Williams