PAUL H. RAHE, HILLSDALE, MI Realism in International Relations theory is not what it pretends to be. Social science theories that abstract from the circumstances in which peoples find themselves, deny the central importance of regime difference, and treat all polities as equivalent may be instructive. But, if thought dispositive, they are apt to lead statesmen astray.Continue
CLAIRE BERLINSKI, PARIS Classisists versus Scientists in International Relations Theory
CLAIRE BERLINSKI, PARIS Realism, Structural Realism, Liberalism, and Neoliberalism in International Relations
THOMAS M. GREGG The NKVD’s wartime record foreshadowed Russian atrocities in Ukraine
TECUMSEH COURT, UNDISCLOSED LOCATION The author of WAR 101 answers your questions. This week: The Principles of War.
DAVID BERLINSKI, PARIS “France Hasn’t Said its Last Word” (La France n’a pas dit son dernier mot) by Éric Zemmour, Ed. Rubempré, September 2021.
VIVEK Y. KELKAR, MUMBAI Pakistan is tottering. Its collapse could spark a conflagration that spills well beyond its immediate neighbors.
DAVID BERLINSKI, PARIS Steven Pinker scruples at the importance of the crimes of the twentieth century. But when these statistics are properly assessed, they bleed through every calculation, forming a ghastly but ineradicable spike in the otherwise humdrum human record of murders. Part Three of Three.
DAVID BERLINSKI, PARIS Have homicide rates followed an eight-hundred-year decline from the Middle Ages? A careful study of the sources suggests nothing of the sort. Part Two of Three.
DAVID BERLINSKI, PARIS Is the modern era truly less violent, less cruel and more peaceful than any previous period of human existence? No. The Whig interpretation of history retains an unquenchable vitality, but its advocates rely upon shoddy scholarship and careless reasoning. Part One of Three.
AMBASSADOR CALLISTA L. GINGRICH, WASHINGTON, DC The persecution and perseverance of the Crimean Tatars continues. The war in Ukraine will determine whether their culture and identity survives.