Magazine June 1, 2015, Issue

The Sources of American Conduct

The Obama Doctrine: American Grand Strategy Today, by Colin Dueck (Oxford, 336 pp., $24.95)

After years of “leading from behind,” and often not leading at all, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is finally proving transformational. It’s not a pretty sight. In the most crucial regions, allies fear that they will have to fend for themselves. Russia is growing more aggressive and China more assertive. Tyranny and narcoterrorism grow unchallenged in Latin America. And militant Islam is in the ascendant across half the world as the Middle East spirals deeper into chaos and Iran reaches the cusp of nuclear weapons.

Many critics of Obama can’t seem to decide whether he is actually malevolent toward America or

Mario Loyola — Mr. Loyola is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management program of Florida International University.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

A 2016 Policy Preview

It would be an overstatement to say that the Republican presidential candidates are debating one another’s policy ideas. Very few of the candidates have put forward extensive policy agendas. Several ...

Features

Politics & Policy

The Tarring of E-cigarettes

When the prime-time cameras caught Julia Louis-Dreyfus “vaping” an electronic cigarette at the 2014 Golden Globes ceremony, cries of disapproval arose from our nation’s capital. Representative Henry Waxman (D., Calif.), ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Woeful Whitney

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Politics & Policy

A Right Quadrangle

True confessions. I first read Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, in which the willful Bathsheba Everdene is courted by three suitors and chooses wrongly and then right, when ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

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Politics & Policy

The Week

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

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