Justin Garrison: Reagan’s vision of U.S. foreign policy

Despite his seeing serious disagreements with other nations, he sometimes stressed that a successful U.S. policy would need to include restraint, flexibility, realism, and openness to dialogue, especially with the Soviet Union. Comments like these suggested that he viewed politics and foreign policy as the art of the possible, not as an attempt to realize some great ideal.

Beverly Gage: Review of Andrew Bacevich’s Age of Illusion

The Cold War constituted a “tragedy of towering proportions,” Andrew Bacevich writes, 40-plus years of “folly and waste,” all to create the greatest buildup of lethal force in human history. The proper response, when it came to an end, would have been “reflection, remorse, repentance, even restitution.”

[Video] Amb. William vanden Heuvel: Hope and History

Ambassador Willam vanden Heuvel talked about his book, Hope and History: A Memoir of Tumultuous Times, on his life and career in public service. He spoke with his daughter, Nation Magazine publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel at the New York Historical Society.

Jessica Schulberg: War With Iran Nothing To Worry About, Say Men Who Launched Iraq War

In a sane and just society, the architects of the nearly 17-year-old war in Iraq – which is still ongoing and has left an estimated half-million people dead –  would face war crimes charges and those who cheered them on would be thoroughly discredited.

Gordon Hahn: Russia, the Eurasian Triangle, and the Soleiman Assassination

The apparent overreaction by the U.S. to Iranian provocations represented by the assassination of Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander Qassem Soleiman is one of the stronger blows to hit one of the most important nails in the coffin of U.S.-Russian relations: the revival of Russian-Western geopolitical competition outside Russia’s immediate central Eurasian sphere of influence.

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