What's Next for the International Order?
The postwar international order is under unprecedented strain. Tensions are rising from within its leading members and from other countries determined to alter how the order works, such as China and Russia. Recent RAND research reveals many major findings about the international order. For example, it has generated tremendous value for America, helping advance specific U.S. interests in identifiable and sometimes measurable ways. Also, China and Russia don't seek to destroy the order so much as gain greater influence in its operation. These insights have crucial implications for the future of the international order—and how it may need to evolve. Read more »
With Log In Eye
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick was ordained a priest in 1958 in the Archdiocese of New York. He was made an auxiliary bishop in 1977 and went on to become bishop of Metuchen, N.J., then archbishop of Newark, N.J., and finally archbishop of Washington D.C. He was made a cardinal in 2001 and retired a few […]
Assessing Al-Qaeda’s After Osama bin Laden
By Tucker Berry, Divergent Options: “A comparative analysis of al-Qaeda messaging from the Osama bin Laden-era to today demonstrates continuity. Such messaging indicates that al-Qaeda continues in the well-worn path of bin Ladenism, even with the seventh anniversary of his death, still adamantly focusing on the United States as enemy number one.”
The Political Decline of Religion in the Middle East
By Shlomo Ben-Ami, The Strategist (ASPI): "When one thinks of conflict in the Middle East, religious factors are probably among the first that come to mind. But, nowadays, competing strategic interests and imperial ambitions play a much larger role than religious or sectarian cleavages in defining regional politics."
The Greatest Miscalculation Of Angela Merkel's Career
by Josef Joffe via The Washington Post
She used to be the queen, nay, empress of Europe, but now Angela Merkel, 63, is "a chancellor on the way out," as the German magazine Der Spiegel just put it.
Angela Merkel, Teflon No Longer
Doug Bandow, Cato Institute
Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense by Mona Charen
Why Be (or Continue to Be) Catholic?
Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
On a recent book review TV interview program called Q/A, Ross Douthat, author of To Change the Church, was asked about his own beliefs. He responded quite frankly that he was a Catholic. When asked why, Douthat replied that, as far as he could see, a divine intervention did take place in this world around […]
ACTS AND USBy EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
The book of Acts reminds us that salvation history and what we call “world history” don’t run on parallel tracks. Salvation history—the story of Israel and the story of the Church—is the inner dynamic or core of world history, whether world history recognizes that or not. Read More
HOMELANDS AND SOCIAL DOCTRINES By EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
With John Paul II, a distinctive personal experience refined and extended the classic social doctrine tradition. John Paul was not imposing an idiosyncratic view on the world Church—which is in fact something no pope should do. Read More
THINGS COMING APART?
By EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times
On the edge of the third decade of the twenty-first century and the third millennium, William Butler Yeats’ premonition of things coming unraveled seems increasingly prescient—in the world, in the American republic, and in the Church. Order, it has become clear, is a very fragile thing; and order is especially vulnerable under the cultural conditions of a postmodern world unsure about its grasp on the truth of anything.
This piece is an excerpt from Mr. Weigel’s new book, The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times, in which he brings thirty-five years of experience in Washington and Rome to bear in analyzing the turbulence that characterizes world politics, American public life, and the Catholic Church in the early twenty-first century.
(See also Mr. Weigel’s latest column examining the consequences of Ireland’s May 25 referendum that opened a path to legal abortion in the Emerald Isle by striking down a pro-life amendment to the Irish Constitution.)
KANT VS. CANT: HOW LIBERALS LOST THEIR WAY
By EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Scruton
We belong together, liberalism tells us, because we ourselves create the law that governs us, with the aim of freeing and protecting us all. But today’s liberals identify with oppositional causes, even if — especially if — it is our tradition of liberal government that is the target. Read More
CRAVING APPROVAL ISN’T EVANGELIZATION
By EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
Toadying to the talking heads of postmodern intellectual confusion and to the tastemakers of decadent postmodern culture is not the way to be the Church of the New Evangelization, or the “Church permanently in mission” that Pope Francis calls us to be. It’s the way to become a laughingstock, en route to the boneyard of irrelevance. Read More
INTERVIEW: GOD & I: GEORGE WEIGEL
Messenger of Saint Anthony
In this interview with an Italian magazine, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel discusses his faith, his friendship with Pope John Paul II, and the state of the Church today. Read More
Mexifornia and the Prophetic Voice of Victor Davis Hanson
Jonathan B. Coe
Classicist and military historian Victor Davis Hanson’s extended essay and memoir, Mexifornia: A State of Becoming, has aged well since it’s publication in 2003, when it was met with significant criticism from both the Left and the economic-libertarian Right, who, according to Hanson, accused him of being a racist, nativist, and isolationist. Its grave concerns, […]
THE TRAGIC SENSEBy EPPC Fellow Algis Valiunas
Claremont Review of Books
Joseph Conrad remains the greatest English language novelist since Charles Dickens, and many of the best writers of the 20th century, including H.L. Mencken, Ernest Hemingway, and T.S. Eliot, paid homage to his excellence or came under his influence. Read More
The defeat of South Vietnam was arguably America’s worst foreign policy disaster of the 20th Century. Yet a complete understanding of the endgame—from the 27 January 1973 signing of the Paris Peace Accords to South Vietnam’s surrender on 30 April 1975—has eluded us.
Black April addresses that deficit. A culmination of exhaustive research in three distinct areas: primary source documents from American archives, North Vietnamese publications containing primary and secondary source material, and dozens of articles and numerous interviews with key South Vietnamese participants, this book represents one of the largest Vietnamese translation projects ever accomplished, including almost one hundred rarely or never seen before North Vietnamese unit histories, battle studies, and memoirs. Most important, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of South Vietnam’s conquest, the leaders in Hanoi released several compendiums of formerly highly classified cables and memorandum between the Politburo and its military commanders in the south. This treasure trove of primary source materials provides the most complete insight into North Vietnamese decision-making ever complied. While South Vietnamese deliberations remain less clear, enough material exists to provide a decent overview.
Ultimately, whatever errors occurred on the American and South Vietnamese side, the simple fact remains that the country was conquered by a North Vietnamese military invasion despite written pledges by Hanoi’s leadership against such action. Hanoi’s momentous choice to destroy the Paris Peace Accords and militarily end the war sent a generation of South Vietnamese into exile, and exacerbated a societal trauma in America over our long Vietnam involvement that reverberates to this day. How that transpired deserves deeper scrutiny.
Secrets of a Successful Spy Marriage by Alex Bollfrass
Islamic Seapower During the Age of Fighting Sail
By B.J. Armstrong, Strategy Bridge: “This focus on naval power, in a region made up of archipelagic and island nations, peninsulas, and massive expanses of maritime space, certainly makes strategic sense. But the Indo-Pacific is not the only part of the world with navies and naval developments.”
10 Battles That Shaped the Ottoman Empire
By Brandon Christensen, RealClearHistory: “World War I marked the end of the Ottoman Empire, of course, but the “sick man of Europe” had more fight in it than many Western historians give it credit for.
BJP loses key byelections, looks vulnerable for 2019
BY KRITI SINGH, ARITRY DAS AND SAIKAT DATTA
A string of losses in crucial byelections now makes the once-invincible BJP appear shaky for national ballots next year
EXAMPLE OF SUCCESS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY ACE VENTURA
PAUL RAHE: REALISM IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS, SPARTA
CONSCIENCE & TEMPORAL AUTHORITY
POSITIVE LAW vs. CONSCIENCE