Chronicles Magazine May 1990

Foreign Policy for the Post-Cold War World

Nineteen eighty-nine was a year of great joy for lovers of freedom everywhere. For it was the "revolutionary" year in which totalitarian communism, throughout Eastern Europe and perhaps even in the Soviet Union itself, suddenly collapsed like a...

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  • VIEWS

    A Federalist Agenda

    After eight years in power, conservatives are down in the mouth. The right feels as out in the cold as it was during the wilderness period, fifteen years ago; and this time it does not even have much of a communist menace to fall back upon.

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  • VIEWS

    Leviathan's Children

    Washington apparatchiks have spent the last two decades in a frustrating search for a theme that could carry the sagging American welfare state. There are signs now that they have finally identified a, two-headed creature slouching toward...

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  • Perspective

    Be Angry at the Sun

    Peace is busting out all over, and along with the prospect of peace comes the debate over how to spend the so-called "peace dividend," supposing there is such a dividend. The administration doesn't think there is, and Secretary of Defense Cheney...

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  • Principalities & Powers

    Disintegrating

    In the space of a few months in 1989, the Soviet imperium in Eastern Europe began to disintegrate like a soda cracker in salt water, and even within the U.S.S.R. itself, long dormant national, ethnic, and religious passions began to sputter and...

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  • REVIEWS

    The Warriors and the War

    In the spring of 1962, the great Irish wit John F. Kennedy journeyed to New Haven to accept an honorary degree. He was in good form. "I now feel that I have the best of both worlds," he told the graduating class.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Civil War and Perestroika

    To calculate where a cannonball will land, it is necessary to know its initial angle of trajectory and the amount of force that propels it. It is the persuasive thesis of W. Bruce Lincoln that the Russian Civil War was the historic explosion that...

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