Magazine November 19, 2015, Issue

What Would Eisenhower Do?

(Roman Genn)

American foreign policy today is in disarray. Faced with three major challenges to Western democracy — a restive Russia, an economically ascendant China, and Islamic extremism emanating from a strife-torn Middle East — President Obama has struggled to formulate a coherent strategy. His September 28 address to the United Nations General Assembly summed up the conceptual confusion that has bedeviled his presidency. He spent most of his speech scolding Iran, Russia, and China for their various transgressions. But he concluded by saying he was “prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict” in Syria.


Niall Ferguson — Mr. Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and the author of, among other books, Kissinger: 1923–1968: The Idealist. He is a Bloomberg opinion columnist.

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The Apology Policy

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