About James Carden

James Carden is a contributing editor at The American Conservative , and served as an advisor to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission at the State Department from 2011-2012.

A Realistic Democratic Ticket

By |2015-01-10T14:42:49-06:00January 10th, 2015|Categories: Presidency|Tags: |

While many, if not all, Republican-leaning realists have—and for good reason, considering the alternatives—decided early on to hitch their wagon to Rand Paul’s star, might there be a realist option for those on the other side of the great political divide? The putative 2016 Democratic primary lineup, dominated as it is by former Secretary of [...]

The Myth of Our National Innocence

By |2015-01-04T16:15:09-06:00January 4th, 2015|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Government, History, Political Philosophy|Tags: |

Since the 1990s, the teaching and advocacy of “grand strategy” has become something of a cottage industry. Degree programs and courses are on offer at Duke, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the City University of New York, Temple University, Columbia University, Bard College, MIT, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). [...]

Governed by Opinion: Peace for Ukraine

By |2014-10-11T20:34:47-05:00October 11th, 2014|Categories: Military, Politics, Russia|

It was once observed, long ago, that “opinion governs the world.” And while that may be overstating things, it is true that the West’s opinion of Russian President Vladimir Putin has wholly governed its policy throughout the ongoing Ukrainian crisis by allowing personal animus and a distaste for his brand of atavistic nationalist politics to [...]

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