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Owen Harries

Owen Harries

To commemorate Commentary’s sixtieth anniversary, and in an effort to advance discussion of the present American position in the world, the editors addressed the following...

Americans are a future-oriented people, disinclined to dwell on the past. Since the cold war reached its abrupt and unanticipated end, their inclination has been...

Over the last twenty years, American intellectuals have accused the United States of being imperialistic, arrogant, bellicose, exploitative, brutal, and worse. Now they have added...

Dealing with the Soviets Mortal Rivals: Superpower Relations from Nixon to Reagan. by William G. Hyland. Random House. 271 pp. $19.95. When Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger assumed responsibility...

The catastrophic decline of Great Britain is one of the central events of the 20th century. As the United States in many respects now occupies...

Some years ago, members of the staff of the London Times held a competition to see who could produce the most boring headline. From memory,...

Irving Kristol has written that in an ideological age such as ours, the key political question is: who owns the future? Owns, that is, in...

Although the phrase “worst-case thinking” is now an established term of art among international-affairs analysts and commentators, it is generally in bad odor. The phrase...

The Europeans have a better understanding of the complexities of the present world difficulties than the United States. —James Callaghan, London Times, February 19, 1982 One dreams also...