Michael Hirsh

Essay
May/June
2013
Michael Hirsh

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton helped restore America’s standing in the world, but she left office with no signature achievement. If she gets her way, her tenure as the country’s top diplomat will come to be seen simply as a stepping-stone to the presidency.

Essay
Sep/Oct
2002
Michael Hirsh

George W. Bush experienced the terrible new reality of terrorism on September 11 as directly and emotionally as did any other American. The difference was that he could do something about it. Days after the attacks, the president first gave voice to his doctrine: you are either with us, or with the terrorists. But one year later, there is little clarity about the direction of U.S. foreign policy. To fight terrorism and protect U.S. interests and ideals, the only practical solution is to bolster the international community that the United States helped create.

Review Essay
Nov/Dec
2001
Michael Hirsh

David Halberstam's latest book describes the impossible job of the American president in the late 1990s: trying to hold together the international order while governing a complacent country with little interest in the outside world.

Comment
Nov/Dec
2000
Michael Hirsh

A new, hybrid form of peacekeeping is on the rise: regional interventions backed by the U.N. This solution may not be pretty, but unlike U.N. missions, it works.

Comment
Nov/Dec
1999
Michael Hirsh

East Timor and Kosovo highlighted the United Nations' growing importance. So why is Washington marginalizing, bankrupting, and scapegoating the world body?

Comment
Sep/Oct
1998
Michael Hirsh

In its recent decision to ban satellite sales to China, Congress has failed to recognize that dual-use exports are now vital to America's technological edge.

Comment
Mar/Apr
1997
Michael Hirsh and E. Keith Henry

High growth in postwar Japan depended on shared sacrifice. Today Japan's multinationals go wherever profits take them, while consumers demand more.