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Diplomatic experience had convinced Kennan that democracy was inimical to a mature and responsible foreign policy, in part because democracies had to contend with a public opinion that was woefully uninformed and erratic.
Both President Obama and Governor Romney are presenting themselves as bold alternatives to each other and arguing that America is at a crossroads. What is the average observer – American or otherwise – to make of these claims?
As the war in Afghanistan has progressed and the costs of international assistance have increased, pessimism about nation-building has grown. In many respects Afghanistan is a better place, but is it likely to remain so?
A few excerpts from Marion Smith’s article on NRO yesterday: Writing in the Washington Post last week, former U.S. ambassador to Hungary Mark Palmer, [Charles] Gati, and another émigré professor, Miklos Haraszti, argue that the state of Hungarian democracy is dire and that Radio Free Europe (RFE) must recommence the type of broadcasts it made into […]