The Wilson Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, Winter

American Expansionism
The occasion went unmarked at the time--no headlines, no speeches, certainly no fruit baskets--but one day, probably in the early 1980s, somebody gained a few pounds and unwittingly made overweight the American norm. Surveys of the late 1970s found...
A Path to Greatness?
"Presidential Greatness as an Attribute of Warmaking" by David Gray Adler, in Presidential Studies Quarterly (Sept. 2003), Center for the study of the Presidency, 1020 10th St., N.W., Ste. Washington, D.C. 20036. Theodore Roosevelt always lamented...
Au Revoir, Arms Control
"The Rise and Fall of Arms Control" by Avis Bohlen, in Survival (Autumn 2003), International Institute for Strategic Studies, Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel St., Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX, England. From the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963 to the...
Buyer's Remorse
There are two things at which Americans have always excelled: One is generating almost unimaginable material wealth, and the other is feeling bad about it. If guilt and materialism are two sides of a single very American coin, it's a coin that has...
Camus' Dynamite
"Sisyphus and the Meaning of Life" by Russell Blackford, in Quadrant (Oct. 2003), 437 Darling St., Balmain NSW 2041, Australia. Why go on? It's perhaps the essential philosophical question, and one that has drawn philosophers like a magnet to the...
Darwin's Worms
"The subject may appear an insignificant one," Charles Darwin conceded, "but we shall see that it possesses some interest." Earthworms were the subject, and Darwin's lifelong fascination with them revealed as much about the unique qualities of his...
Editor's Comment
Of all the modern presidents, Woodrow Wilson left perhaps the most contradictory legacy. Long an inspiration to America's liberal internationalists, he has lately become something of a touchstone for "unilateralist" conservatives who seek to spread...
Europe a la Carte
"Europe Divided? Elites vs. Public Opinion on European Integration" by Liesbet Hooghe, in European Union Politics (Sept. 2003), Sage Publications, 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, Calif. 91320. When it comes to an integrated Europe, leaders and led...
Faith-Based Facts
"Debunking Charitable Choice: The Evidence Doesn't Support the Political Left or Right" by Mark Chaves, in Stanford Social Innovation Review (Summer 2003), Stanford Graduate School of Business, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford, Calif. 94305-5015. The...
From the Center
The Wilson Center was honored this past September to play host to former president Jimmy Carter at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the historic Camp David Accords. During the negotiations at the presidential retreat, Carter recalled, Menachem...
Goodbye to the Grind!
"The Opt-Out Revolution" by Lisa Belkin, in The New York Times Magazine (Oct. 26, 2003), 229 W. 43rd St.. New York, NY. 10036. "I don't want to be on the fast track leading to a partnership at a prestigious law firm," says Katherine Brokaw, who...
Help for the Mentally Ill
"Leaving the Mentally Ill Out in the Cold" by E. Fuller Torrey, in City Journal (Autumn 2003), Manhattan Institute, 52 Vanderbilt Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017. When President George W. Bush's Commission on Mental Health issued its report this past...
How the UN Can Recover
"Agora: The Future Implacation of the Iraq Conflict," with article by Todd F. Buchwald and others, American Journal of International Law (July 2003), American Society of International Law, 2223 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., D.C. 20008. Is the United...
How to Build a Nation: Nearly 60 Years Ago, Americans Marched into a Small, Ravaged Country Thousands of Miles Distant, Determined to Transform It into a Modern Nation. They Could Not Have Imagined How Successful They Would Be-Or How Long the Transformation Would Take
It was a grim autumn. The United States was trapped in an increasingly unpopular conflict, with much of the nation's military strength committed to a grinding, seemingly endless struggle. America was confronted by a dangerous new enemy in the world,...
Imagining the Iraqi Future: A Survey of Recent Articles
It would be nice if the United States and its coalition partners in Iraq could believe that subduing the last of Saddam Hussein's holdouts would guarantee a belier future for the country, but everybody knows better. Observers looking down the road...
Inside the Machine
I am called a retail anthropologist, which makes me uncomfortable, especially around my colleagues in academia who have many more degrees than I do. For whatever combination of reasons, I've spent my adult life studying people while they shop. I watch...
Jefferson and His Slaves
"Jefferson, Morality, and the Problem of Slavery" by Ari Helo and Peter Onuf, in William and Mary Quarterly (July 2003), Williamsburg, Va. 23187-8781. It's a perennial puzzle: How could the author of the Declaration of Independence, with its soaring...
JFK's Secret Formula for Vietnam
"Exit Strategy" by James K. Galbraith, in Boston Review (Oct.-Nov. 2003), E53-407, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. 02139. "Let us continue," President Lyndon B. Johnson urged after the assassination of John E Kennedy on November...
King Coup
"African Military Coups d'Etat, 1956-2001: Frequency, Trends and Distribution" by Patrick J. McGowan, in The Journal of Modern African Studies (Sept. 2003), Cambridge Univ. Press, 100 Brook Hill Dr., West Nyack, N.Y. 10994-2133. Military coups seem...
License to Hunt
"Judging Reputation: Realism and Common Law in Justice White's Defamation Jurisprudence" by John C.P. Goldberg, in University of Colorado Law Review (Fall 2003), 290 Fleming Law Bldg., 401 UCB, Boulder, Colo. 80309-0401. After the First Amendment,...
Reviving Labor
"What Are Scholars Telling the U.S. Labor Movement to Do?" by Bruce Nissen, in Labor History (May 2003), Taylor & Francis Ltd., Rankine Rd., Basingstoke RG24 8PR, United Kingdom; "An Immodest Proposal: Remodeling the House of Labor" by Stephen...
Revolution in Rome
Liberal Catholics in the U.S. and Europe fault John Paul II for being out of touch with his Church; but they're the ones, alas, who are out of touch. Their Church's future, whether they like it or not, is in the hands of their Third World coreligionists,...
Shop 'Til We Drop?
We shop, therefore we are. This is not exactly the American credo, but it comes close to being the American pastime. Even infants and toddlers quickly absorb the consumer spirit through television and trips to the supermarket ("I want that" is a common...
Staying Cool in Pakistan
"The Jihadist Threat to Pakistan" by Stephen Philip Cohen, in The Washington Quarterly (Summer 2003), Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St., N.W., Ste. 400, Washington, D.C. 20006. It's a scary scenario that's sure to figure...
That Enlightenment Buzz
"Caffeine and the Coming of the Enlightenment" by Roger Schmidt, in Raritan (Summer 2003), Rutgers University, 31 Mine St., New Brunswick, N.J. 08903. "Short, O short then be thy reign/And give us to the world again!" That's the great Samuel Johnson,...
The Decline of War
"Policing the Remnants of War" by John Mueller, in Journal of Peace Research (Sept. 2003), Sage Publications, 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, Calif. 91320. Will the world ever war no more? In certain important respects, the ancient institution of...
The Depression's Bright Side
"The Most Technologically Progressive Decade of the Century" by Alexander J. Field, in The American Economic Review (Sept. 2003), 2014 Broadway, Ste. 305, Nashville, Tenn. 37203. Maybe the Great Depression was not so bad after all. In fact, it was...
The End Is Here!
"We're All Gonna Die!" by Gregg Easterbrook, in Wired (July 2003), P.O. Box 37706, Boone, Iowa 50037-706. Nowadays, just reading the daily newspaper can give you the willies. The bad news: We're all going to die. The worse news: There's no limit...
The End of Israel?
"Israel: The Alternative" by Tony Judt and "An Alternative Future: An Exchange," in The New York Review of Books (Oct. 23 and Nov. 24, 2003), 1755 Broadway, 5th ft., New York, N.Y. 10019-3780. "The very idea of a 'Jewish state'--a state in which...
The Hidden Agony of Woodrow Wilson
To the remarkable list of modern American presidents whose characters were molded by a struggle against illness--Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and, to an extent only recently revealed, John F. Kennedy--scholars have added the name of Woodrow...
The Michelangelo of Suburbia
"Erich Fischl: Fallen" by James Romaine, in Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion (Summer 2003), 3307 Third Ave. West, Seattle, Wash. 98119. Erich Fischl is one of a handful of artists who emerged during the 1980s "spearheading a return to...
The Subterranean File-Sharing Blues
"Notes from the Underground" by Nicholas Thompson, in The Washington Monthly (Sept. 2003), 733 15th St., N.W., Ste. 520, Washington, D.C. 20005. It's no secret that the music industry has been ailing lately: Revenues from sales of recorded music...
The Ultimate Pain Killer
"The Secret Killer" by David Stipp in Fortune (Oct. 27, 2003), 1271 Sixth Ave., 16th fl., New York, N.Y. 10020. Recent medical studies suggest that anti-aging pills--the miracle drugs we've all been waiting for--may be as close as our own medicine...
What Scientist Shortage?
"Do We Need More Scientists?" by Michael S. Teitelbaum, in The Public Interest (Fall 2003), 1112 16th St., N.W., Ste. 140, Washington, D.C. 20036. Since the mid-1980s, university administrators, corporate employers, and government agencies have...
What's in a Fake?
"Talking about Fakes: The War between Aesthetic and Extra-Aesthetic Considerations" by Rochelle Gurstein in Salmagundi (Summer-Fall 2003), Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866. Hanging in New York City's Frick Museum is a wonderful painting...