The Wilson Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 4, Autumn

A Formula for Iraq
"Nation-Building: The Inescapable Responsibility of the World's Only Superpower" by James Dobbins, in RAND Review (Summer 2003), 1700 Main St., P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, Calif. 90407-2138. Longer version available at www.rand.org. The examples...
African Prospects
"Low Investment Is Not the Constraint on African Development" by Shantayanan Devarajan, William R. Easterly, and Howard Pack, in Economic Development and Cultural Change (April 2003) University of Chicago, Judd Hall, 5835 S. Kimbark Ave., Ste. 318,...
Against the Gay Ban
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Is the Gay Ban Based on Military. Necessity?" by Aaron Belkin, in Parameters (Summer 2003), U.S. Army War College, 122 Forbes Ave., Carlisle, Pa. 17013-5238. Under the compromise "don't ask, don't tell" policy adopted a decade...
Asia's Economic Tortoise
"Can India Overtake China?" by Yasheng Huang and Tarun Khanna, in Foreign Policy (July Aug. 2003), 1779 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Though India, like China, has more than one billion inhabitants, it is no match for its fellow...
Civil War in the Social Sciences: A Survey of Recent Articles
Leafing through the pages of the American Political Science Review, a reader might be forgiven for thinking he had stumbled upon an engineering journal, so thick are the pages with abstruse mathematics. Many political scientists have had the same reaction...
Defending the Coasts
"The Unwatched Ships at Sea" by H. D. S. Greenway, in World Policy Journal (Summer 2003), New School Univ., 66 Fifth Ave., 9th ft., New York. N.Y. 10011. Since 9/11, Americans have paid a lot of attention to airport security. But terror could as...
Europe's Exceptionalism
Europe is not a second America. It is at once less and more than a nation: It is a community of nations. Europe is perhaps the first example in history of a non-dominant world power. It has a rich historical experience, economic force, and its own...
Free the Mice!
"Can We Trust Research Done with Lab Mice?" by Barry Yeoman, in Discover Magazine (July 2003). Buena Vista Magazines, 114 Fifth Avenue, 15th Fl., New York, N.Y. 10011. Rodents--those ancient instigators of shrieks, disgust, and bubonic plague--have...
Free Trade Betrayed
Economist Jagdish Bhagwati of Columbia University has been one of the most visible and resolute intellectual advocates for free-market globalization, but lately he sounds a lot like Lori Wallach, the brainy lawyer who leads Global Trade Watch. "The...
Free Trade Defended
"Radical Birthday Thoughts" by Bill Emmott, in The Economist (June 28, 2003), 25 St. James's St., London SW1A 1HG, England. The inequality between rich and poor nations, particularly between the richest few and the poorest few, has been growing...
From the Center
Many institutions that engage in research on public-policy issues openly embrace an ideological or partisan agenda. Of course, there's nothing wrong with advocating a particular point of view, but the Woodrow Wilson Center is committed to another approach....
Green Fatigue
Coming just after the end of the Cold War, the 1992 United Nations Summit on Environment and Development, in Rio de Janeiro, seemed to mark the beginning of a new era in global environmental politics. Most of the world's prime ministers and presidents...
Hip-Hop Bards
"Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture" by Dana Gioia, ill The Hudson Review (Spring 2003) 684 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10021. Stepping out of the cloisters of English departments and literary' journals for the first time in more...
Humanity 2.0: Transhumanists Believe That Human Nature's a Phase We'll Outgrow, like Adolescence. Someday We'll Be Full-Fledged Adult Posthumans, with Physical and Intellectual Powers of Which We Can Now Only Dream. but Will Progress Really Make Perfect?
At the front of the conference room, Robert Bradbury of the Aeivos Corporation is talking about immortality. He's showing us PowerPoint slides, with scientific graphs and charts. He's telling us about an artificial replacement for the human genome...
Hydrogen Hype
"Rethinking Hydrogen Cars" by David W. Keith and Alexander E. Farrell, in Science (July 18, 2003), American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Are hydrogen cars the next new thing? Hydrogen fuels,...
Leading through Law
Does the United States need international law? At times in recent years, it has acted as if it does not. Yet international law provides the foundation not only for momentous undertakings, such as the efforts to halt the spread of nuclear weapons and...
Longfellow's Labor
"'Be Up and Doing': Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Poetic Labor" by Jill Anderson, in Journal of American Studies (Apr. 2003), School of International Studies, Brunel Univ., Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, England. Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart...
Party Animals?
"Whispers and Screams: The Partisan Nature of Editorial Pages" by Michael Tomasky, Research Paper R-25 (July 2003), Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Univ., 79 JFK St., 2nd floor Taubman,...
Reforming Japan
"Koizumi's Top-Down Leadership in the Anti-Terrorism Legislation: The Impact of Political Institutional Changes" by Tomohito Shinoda, in SAIS Review (Winter Spring 2003), 1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. When Japan finally...
Smart but Single
"How the B.A. Gap Widens the Chasm between Men and Women" by Andrew Hacker, in The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 20, 2003), 1255 23rd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037. The growing gender gap on America's campuses may be ushering in a new...
Sometimes a Great Notion
Skepticism about international law abounds these days. A commentator in a national newsmagazine probably spoke for many when he wrote that international law is to law as professional wrestling is to wrestling: No one over the age of nine mistakes it...
The Blair Moment: When British Prime Minister Tony Blair Took Office, He Was Committed to Forging a New European Identity for Britain. That Great Goal Is Still out of Reach, and Blair's Support for the United States in the Iraq War May Have Lost Him the Public Confidence He Needs to Attain It
For surely, once, they feel, we were, Parts of a single continent! --Matthew Arnold On April 11, 2003, the day Baghdad fell, British prime minister Tony Blair's big gamble seemed to have paid off. Blair had sent British forces into Iraq in...
The Cult of the Founders
"Founders Chic" by H. W. Brands, in The Atlantic Monthly (Sept. 2003), 77 N. Washington St., Boston, Mass. 02114. The Founding Fathers, recently scorned as "dead white males," are suddenly way cool. And Brands, a historian at Texas A&M University...
The Daily Web
"The Next Great American Newspaper" by David Gelernter, in The Weekly Standard (June 23, 2003), 1150 17th St., N.W., Ste. 505, Washington, D.C. 20036. Newspapers on the World Wide Web have their minor uses, but they're so-o-o boring--little imitation-newsprint...
The Know Nothing Vote
"'Intelligent Design'" by George Bishop, in Public Perspective (May-June 2003), The Roper Center, 341 Mansfield Rd., Unit 1164, Storrs, Conn. 06269-1164; "Informed Public Opinion about Foreign Policy" by Henry E. Brady, James S. Fishkin, and Robert...
The Limits of Philosophy
"Truth but No Consequences: Why Philosophy Doesn't Matter" by Stanley Fish, in Critical Inquiry (Spring 2003), The University of Chicago Press, Journals Division, P.O. Box 37005, Chicago, Ill. 60637. Philosophy can matter. It can clarify ambiguity...
The Two World Orders
What's the source of America's growing unilateralism? The easy answer is self-interest: We act unilaterally to the extent that we see unilateralism as serving our interests. But the answer prompts a more searching question: Why do so many Americans...
Trapped in the Lab
"Patients Have Been Too Patient with Basic Research" by Ralph M. Steinman with Maia Szalavitz, in Cerebrum (Fall 2002), Dana Press, 900 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Biomedical researchers, working in laboratories with rats and mice and...
Two Cheers for International Law
In March of this year, as U.S. tanks began to roll toward Baghdad, international lawyers in the United States and abroad decried the action as a violation of the United Nations Charter. The invasion, some worried, would strip away the last pretense...
Upstairs, Downstairs
"The World as India" by Susan Sontag, in Times Literary Supplement (June 13, 2003), Admiral House, 66-68 E. Smithfield, London E1W 9BX, England. In an idealized world of literature--a vision now brought closer to reality, thanks to the Internet,...
Wall Street's Moral Roller Coaster
Caught up in the market euphoria of the gilded '90s, it was easy to forget that during its first century and a half, the Street aroused the deepest misgivings. From the time of the American Revolution through the trauma of the Great Depression, millions...
When America Was Really Diverse
"The People of British America, 1700-75" by Alan Taylor, in Orbis (Spring 2003), Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1528 Walnut St., Ste. 610, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102-3684. Many Americans retain from their school days an image of 18th-century emigrants...
Why Scholarship Matters: Scholars Are an Endangered Species These Days, but What a Poorer Place the World Would Be without Their Dedication to Detail and Passion for Accuracy. They're Our Invaluable Guides to the Monuments of the Life of the Mind
One sunny morning in, I think, 1966, one of my more enigmatic Oxford colleagues said to me, "Whatever happened to scholarship?" I made some nonsensical and uncomprehending reply, for the question, like many other remarks of this colleague, needed mulling...
Why Teachers Matter
"Crowd Control" by Martin R. West and Ludger Woessmann, in Education Next (Summer 2003), 226 Littauer North Yard, 1875 Cambridge St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138-3001. Reducing class size is an oft-recommended education reform, supposedly boosting student...
Worshiping Chronos
"Dating History: The Renaissance and the Reformation of Chronology" by Anthony Grafton, in Daedalus (Spring 2003), 136 Irving St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138. "We look up the dates of events in biblical and classical history," observes Grafton, a professor...
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