A Delicate Balance

New York Times,
July 6, 2003
THE question bound to preoccupy readers of Noah Feldman’s ”After Jihad” — the only reason most readers will pick it up in the first place — is to learn what kind of future the author envisions for Iraq. The reason the answer matters, and that Feldman himself is suddenly so newsworthy, is that he has...

War No More

New York Times,
May 4, 2003
IF any single grand theory emerges from the tangle of literature on international affairs, it’s probably this: Beware of single grand theories. An important corollary is to be especially wary of single grand theories based on historical uniqueness — the premise that today we just happen to teeter at the fulcrum of history. But Jonathan...

After Sept. 11, The Search for Wise Counsel Continues

Christian Science Monitor,
January 3, 2002
September 11 created an unaccustomed problem for many writers: how to discuss events that until that day had been inconceivable. The terror attacks on New York and Washington were so unexpected, and so overwhelming in scale, that many normally prolix pundits found themselves at a loss. Much of what was published in the immediate aftermath...

Africa’s Promise and Despair

Christian Science Monitor,
July 11, 2001
In late June, Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s scholarly president, traveled to Kananaskis, Alberta, to sell G-8 heads of state on a new aid package for Africa. Asking for a handout for Africa was nothing new. But Mbeki’s pitch differed dramatically from past aid requests. Under his proposed New Plan for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), African states,...

Unvanquished: A U.S.-U.N. Saga

Foreign Affairs,
September/October 1999
The head of the United Nations has one of the hardest jobs in the world — as the last holder of that office, Boutros-Ghali, reminds the reader repeatedly throughout this extended apologia. In a grumbling voice, he details his five-year battle with Washington, a battle that ended with a U.S. veto of his reelection bid,...