The National Interest

A bimonthly digest of national and international politic affairs. Articles feature essays and debate on the interactions and relationships between the United States and other nations.

Articles from No. 56, Summer

Ceausescu's Legacy
ROMANIA, the largest country in a region of Europe that extends from the Aegean Sea and the mouth of the river Danube to the Carpathian Mountains, has been tarnished in many Western eyes by its proximity to the carnage in neighboring Yugoslavia - and...
China's Hollow Military
How good is China's military, and how much should the United States care? There are ample grounds for addressing these questions. In 1995, and then again in 1996, the People's Republic of China (PRC) splashed missiles off the Taiwanese coast. It also...
Fixing the IMF
The future role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is today in doubt. Former Treasury Secretaries George Shultz and William Simon have urged that it be closed. President Clinton wants the IMF to devote more attention to preventing crises rather...
Policing Utopia: The Military Imperatives of Globalization
Coming in rapid succession, three recent events - last August's cruise missile attacks against targets in Afghanistan and Sudan, the resumption in December 1998 of hostilities with Iraq, and the launching, after fits and starts, of this spring's air...
Rethinking Europe
The Atlantic security order is on shaky ground. Bringing peace to the Balkans has proved costly and elusive, and the failure of NATO's air campaign to protect Kosovo from the regime in Belgrade has seriously tarnished the alliance. Even more worrisome,...
To Sing a Different Song: The Choices for the Baltic States
In the northeastern corner of Europe, there can be found the three small Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Although there have been long periods of time when they have been forgotten by the rest of Europe, the Baltics have actually been...
Undemocratic Capitalism: China and the Limits of Economism
The Clinton administration's China policy has come under attack from many quarters for being too conciliatory, too optimistic and too compromised by a nexus of money and insider politics. But the President and his aides deflect each jab by contending...
What Price Human Rights? an Exchange
Dear John: I have noted with interest your recent appointment to the Commission on International Religious Freedom, recently created to report on violations of religious rights around the world. You would not have accepted this assignment, I am...
Where Germany Has Never Been Before
In the fall of 1998, the career of Helmut Kohl, Germany's apparent chancellor-in-perpetuity, was terminated after sixteen years in power. Only Prince Bismarck, with nineteen years at the helm of the Second Reich, had ruled Germany longer. The defeat...