Brent Scowcroft and the Need for a Better Realist Theory of International Relations

I swear to goodness that I am not trying to turn all of my public writing spaces into All-Things-Scowcroftian-All-The-Time discussion locales, but the death of Brent Scowcroft caused me to go back to a 2005 article in the New Yorker written by Jeffrey Goldberg, that profiled Scowcroft in light of his dissent from the Bush …

Why Did Anyone Ever Believe that Power Politics Went Away?

Be sure to read this piece by Raphael Cohen and Gabriel Scheinmann, which serves to remind us that even though it is not the 19th century, nation-states still play the Great Game. There is nothing particularly earth-shattering in this revelation, but the revelation has to be emphasized nonetheless, because the Obama administration--through the comments of …