Brian Stewart is a New York-based political writer primarily focused on US foreign and defense policy.
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A review of The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism [https://www.amazon.com/Right-Hundred-Year-War-American-Conservatism/dp/1541600509] by Matthew Continetti, Basic Books, 496 pages (April 2022) “So inevitable and yet so completely unforeseen” was Alexis de Tocqueville’s verdict on the French Revolution. Much the same can be said
Macron Will Have to Do
As we approach the denouement of France’s two-stage presidential election, it becomes clear that the race has been a missed opportunity to consolidate opinion in France, and perhaps Europe, against the malevolent rule of Vladimir Putin. This may not greatly trouble the conscience of Emmanuel Macron, whose bid for
Can the Revolution in German Foreign Policy Last?
During the fierce debate over the Iraq war, the German political scientist Karl Kaiser said [https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0207310289jul31-story.html] , “Europeans have done something that no one has ever done before: create a zone of peace where war is ruled out, absolutely out.” And, he added, “Europeans are
A Failure of Deterrence
According to foreign policy “realists,” the tale we are being told about Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war in Ukraine is a fiction. Realists like to be known for their clear-eyed appreciation of the realities of global power, and in their telling, responsibility for the war does not lie chiefly with
Ukraine in the Balance
As I write this, Vladimir Putin has moved more than 100,000 troops to Russia’s Ukrainian border, and has strongly implied [https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-ukraine-war-news-putin-retaliatory-military-technical-measures/] that he will invade absent an ironclad guarantee that Ukraine will never be permitted to join NATO. Although the Biden administration has
This Is About More Than Ukraine
In the early days of World War Two, George Orwell published a marvelous essay [https://orwell.ru/library/essays/lion/english/e_eye] entitled “England Your England.” With the Luftwaffe in the skies above London laying waste to the city, Orwell observed a peculiarly contemptible trait of the English intelligentsia.
The Free-ish World
A review of World in Danger: Germany and Europe in an Uncertain Time [https://amzn.to/3FTgTFm] by Wolfgang Ischinger, Brookings, 280 pages (November, 2020) Every winter in Bavaria, the great and the good from Europe and the United States gather to take stock of the threats facing the world.