November/December 2008

November/December 2008
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Charles King

The August war over South Ossetia has rekindled a superpower rivalry and showed the West that Moscow no longer heeds multilateral institutions.

Stephen Sestanovich

The next president will have to reassess the U.S.-Russian relationship and find the right balance between pushing back and cooperating.

Barnett R. Rubin and Ahmed Rashid

The crisis in Afghanistan and Pakistan is beyond the point where more troops will help. U.S. strategy must be to seek compromise with insurgents while addressing regional rivalries and insecurities

Akbar Ganji

The real decision-maker in Iran is Supreme Leader Khamenei not President Ahmadinejad. Blaming Iran's problems on President Ahmadinejad inaccurately suggests that Iran's problems will go away when Ahmadinejad does.

Paul Collier

Politicians have it in their power to solve the food crisis, but they must be willing to end the biases against big commercial farms and genetically modified crops and do away with farm subsidies.

Ivo H. Daalder and Jan Lodal

Washington must lead the way to a world without nuclear weapons. The first step will be dramatically limiting the U.S. nuclear arsenal's declared size and purpose.

Charles A. Kupchan

A league of democracies would not secure cooperation among democracies and would expose the limits of the West's power and legitimacy. The next president should not embrace this misguided idea.

Juan de Onis

Brazil is on the cusp of fulfilling its potential as a global player. The next U.S. president should rethink relations with this important country.

J. Brian Atwood, M. Peter McPherson, and Andrew Natsios

USAID has become ineffective because it is underfunded, understaffed, and losing influence. The next president should revive it by either making it autonomous or elevating it to a cabinet-level department

Marc Levinson

The golden age of globalization is over due to slower, costlier, and less certain transportation. In retrospect, Americans may lament too little globalization, not too much.

James Grant

The next president must bring back a sound dollar, rein in Wall Street, and resist the urge to manipulate prices.

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Reviews & Responses

Review Essay
Sherwin B. Nuland

Pathological hubris is a disease that can plague leaders and threaten international security. Doctors must put transparency ahead of confidentiality and disclose leaders' sicknesses to the public.

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