Diana Schaub | American Enterprise Institute
Emancipating the mind: Lincoln, the founders, and scientific progress
Diana Schaub | American Enterprise Institute
Our Political Theologies
by Russell A. Berman via The Caravan
It has been seventeen years since the September 11 attacks, a defining moment not only for America but for our allies as well, and the response of one of them can help understand some of the underlying cultural aspects of contemporary political debate. When the news reports spread through Paris, the initial reaction of profound shock quickly gave way to vigorous expressions of solidarity with the United States. “We are now all Americans” Le Monde declared famously. France, itself so often scarred by terrorism from the Middle East since the Algerian War, felt threatened as well, as painful national memories reemerged.
BJP forced to rethink hardline Hindutva policy
BY KANCHAN SRIVASTAVA
The Congress party's successful soft approach to Hindutva and its focus on core issues has rung alarm bells for the BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party's messaging missteps
Sadanand Dhume | Times of India
Religion And Politics In Lebanon: The Case Of A Christian 'Alliance' With Hezbollah
by Habib Malik via The Caravan
It may be somewhat inconvenient for the secular Western mind to acknowledge the fact that ultimate identity on both the personal and group levels in a place like the Middle East remains conceived primarily in religious terms. If this is indeed a given, then it should hardly be surprising that religion and politics become intricately intertwined within and across both communities and states in the region.
Democracy, Populism, And Polytheism: Islam In India
by Aishwary Kumar via The Caravan
Extreme fascination with idols, statues, and names is widespread across South Asia and the ritualistic violence that accompanies such practices is neither modern nor singular to India, the region’s most doggedly democratic and unequivocally polytheistic country. In fact, until this past November, when the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled India’s colossal 182-meter high Statue of Unity, which now stands as the world’s highest monument to a revisionist history of nationalism, the record for height belonged to a more modest Buddhist statue in China, shorter than Modi’s populist gift to India by more than 100 feet.
Polarization in Rajasthan takes a toll on BJP’s performance
BY RAJENDRA PRASAD SHARMA
Increased cow vigilantism-related violence and widening caste polarization costs Bharatiya Janata Party Rajasthan elections
A Missive From Harvey Mansfield
by Harvey C. Mansfield via Harvard Magazine
Kenan Professor of Government Harvey Mansfield wrote to this magazine in late November to share a story about the belated, posthumous publication of a dissertation he supervised 44 years ago—that of Delba Winthrop, Ph.D. ’74, who later became his wife. She takes up book three of Aristotle's Politics, on the subject of democracy, and the balance of the whole versus the parts, so fundamental to self-governance in a democratic society. A conference honoring the book takes place today at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C.
Harvey Mansfield On Aristotle, Democracy, And Political Science
interview with Harvey C. Mansfield via Ricochet
Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield discusses what Aristotle has to teach us about democracy, and the relationship between philosophy and politics.
Rebecca West & the FBI
by Carl Rollyson
On Rebecca West's FBI file & what it tells us.
What is the likelihood for peace between the US and China? In the Journal of Chinese Political Science, Oriana Skylar Mastro discusses the likelihood of major conflict between a rising and an established power and evaluates whether the pessimism over US-China peace prospects is warranted. What does this mean for US policy toward China? Find out here.
This week marked the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai bombings that killed 166 people. But instead of cracking down on the group responsible, Pakistan’s army continues to coddle it, notes Sadanand Dhume in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. The government’s desultory efforts to prosecute seven defendants has not yielded a single conviction. One of the group’s top jihadist even ran for office. If Pakistan is serious about repairing its ties with India, it should convict the men behind the 2018 attacks. Learn more here.
In a piece for the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Jessica Trisko Darden evaluates the new US strategy for counterterrorism’s implications for Southeast Asia. Trisko Darden notes that the strategy recognizes the weakness of relying solely on military force, calls for increased effort to prevent terrorism through nonmilitary means, and identifies “radical Islamist terrorist groups” as the United States’ principal enemies. She warns that Southeast Asian governments should not expect radical change in US policy, but a creeping retrenchment. Learn more here.
The future of conservative foreign policy
Colin Dueck | Texas National Security Review
From Harding to Trump: The evolution of ‘conservative’ foreign policy
Colin Dueck | AEIdeas
The paradox of Indian poverty
Sadanand Dhume | Times of India
Narcotic Culture: A History Of Drugs In China, By Frank Dikotter, Lars Peter Laamann, And Zhou Xun (2004)
featuring Frank Dikötter via Not Even Past
The opium myth is one of the most important pillars of the conventional narrative of modern Chinese history. According to the myth, opium is presumed to be a highly addictive narcotic and highly harmful to its users’ health, and Great Britain used its military superiority to impost the shameful opium trade on China and turn it into a nation of opium addicts who were “smoking themselves to death while their civilization descended into chaos.”
Strategika Issue 55: The Structure of World Power
Strategika Issue 55 is now available online. Strategika is an online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.
The Structure of the Contemporary International System
by Josef Joffe via Strategika
A monopoly obtains when one firm is free to set prices and output while keeping ambitious newcomers out of the market. The best example is Standard Oil in the late 19th century. Ruthlessly undercutting competitors, the company ended up controlling 90 percent of refined oil flows in the United States. The United States never had that kind of overweening power in the international “market.” It may have come close to unipolarity in the 1990s when its mortal rival, the Soviet Union, had committed suicide. Yet the contemporary world is no longer unipolar. Neither is it bi- or multipolar.
The Vagaries Of World Power
by Nadia Schadlow via Strategika
By traditional measures—military strength, economic wealth, population size—the United States remains the world’s preeminent superpower. Its economy continues to expand; it deploys the largest military in the world; it is home to a growing population; and American laws and capital flows encourage a vibrant ecosystem for innovation.
There Is Only One Superpower
By Gordon G. Chang
A Wobbling Goliath
By Giselle Donnelly
A Different Path to Global Stability
By Chris Gibson
Regional Bipolarity, The New Global Model
By Ralph Peters
America on Top
By Miles Maochun Yu
Victor Davis Hanson: US Strategy On China, Great Powers
By Victor Davis Hanson
Read the full issue here.
Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization by Liel Leibovitz and Matthew Miller
EXAMPLE OF SUCCESS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY ACE VENTURA
PAUL RAHE: REALISM IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS, SPARTA
CONSCIENCE & TEMPORAL AUTHORITY
POSITIVE LAW vs. CONSCIENCE