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June 1, 1998

United States
The Reluctant Sheriff

It has been several years since the end of the Cold War—and still there is no name for the present era, much less a U.S. foreign policy to replace the obsolete doctrine of containment. The Reluctant …

June 1, 1998

Sanctions
Economic Sanctions and American Diplomacy

Read an excerpt of Economic Sanctions and American Diplomacy. "Sanctions don't work" is an often-heard refrain. The reality, though, is more complex. Sanctions—mostly economic but also political a…

January 1, 1997

Conflict Prevention
The World and Yugoslavia's Wars

Read an excerpt of The World and Yugoslavia's Wars. What role did outside powers play in the dissolution of Yugoslavia and in the wars that wracked that once-stable country? Why did the victors in…

September 1, 1994

Humanitarian Intervention
Intervention

Questions of when, where, and how the United States should use military force abroad dominated foreign policy discussions during the Cold War and promise to do the same in its aftermath. Richard N. H…

March 11, 1990

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Conflicts Unending

Richard N. Haass, senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs, National Security Council, argues that many regional conflicts are simply not ripe for solution and that international mediato…

October 1, 2001

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Megawatts and Megatons

For nearly sixty years the menace of nuclear war has hung over humanity, while at the same time the promise of nuclear energy has enticed us. In Megawatts and Megatons, two of the world's most eminent physicists, Georges Charpak and Richard L. Garwin, assess with consummate authority the benefits of nuclear energy and the dangers of nuclear weaponry.

June 1, 2000

Political History and Theory
Honey and Vinegar

Buttressed by input from scholars, diplomats, and observers with an intimate knowledge of U.S. foreign policy, Honey and Vinegar examines "engagement"—strategies that primarily involve the use of pos…

October 11, 2016

Monetary Policy
The Man Who Knew

In this biography of Alan Greenspan, Sebastian Mallaby brilliantly explores Greenspan's life and legacy and tells the story of the making of modern finance.

August 1, 1987

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Superpower Arms Control

"Arms control is praised or damned but seldom is its history analyzed. This volume, commissioned by the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, is detailed in its analysis and uses the evidence of its c…

June 7, 2012

Iran
Iran: The Nuclear Challenge

Read an excerpt of Iran: The Nuclear Challenge. As the P5+1 nations (United States, France, Britain, Russia, China, and Germany) and the world continue to grapple with Iran's nuclear program, seve…