“The End of the Cold War”

By |2018-11-21T16:06:28-05:00November 20th, 2018|

“Why can’t we eat normal food?” Frank moved the fried tempeh, steamed broccoli, and brown rice around on his plate with his dinner fork, much like the eight-year-old boy he was forty years ago. His wife’s jaw stiffened, and she said, “This is normal food.” “Yeah, if we lived in Jakarta or Calcutta.” Alice refused [...]

The Marshall Plan: Conservative Reform as a Weapon of War

By |2018-03-20T15:20:43-05:00March 20th, 2018|

As a weapon in the Cold War, the Marshall Plan contributed to the strategic goal of maintaining a balance of power between East and West and thereby containing the Soviet Empire long enough for it to collapse under the weight of its internal contradictions… If students recall anything about the European Recovery Program (the [...]

Ronald Reagan & George C. Marshall: A Cold War Affinity

By |2018-08-25T01:13:55-05:00December 20th, 2017|

Both George C. Marshall and Ronald Reagan were “conservative internationalists”: peace-through-strength realists who did not lose sight of their democratic principles, and who engaged with other nations to achieve not only American security and prosperity, but also a greater measure of freedom and justice in the world… Within this past year occurred both the thirtieth [...]

Van Cliburn, Nikita Khrushchev, and a Lull in the Cold War

By |2017-07-19T23:50:19-05:00July 19th, 2017|

At some point during the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Nikita Khrushchev was asked whether it would be okay to give the prize to the American virtuoso, Van Cliburn… One of the most famous—and unexpected—lulls in the Cold War came when Texan Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr. stepped off a plane in Moscow in April [...]

Dear Mr. Putin: Time to Give Up on Better Relations with America

By |2017-09-29T12:09:37-05:00July 17th, 2017|

Dear President Putin: It is no use trying any further to accommodate the United States or cooperate with it. We cannot afford any more concessions. It is clear that the United States only respects force and firmness… Dear Mr. President: The below memorandum regarding Russian-American bilateral relations was drafted by my Ministry’s Department of [...]

Rethinking America’s Global Role in an Age of Nationalism

By |2016-12-02T13:37:01-05:00December 2nd, 2016|

Now that the British have voted to secede from the European Union and America has chosen a president who has never before held public office, the French appear to be following suit. In Sunday’s runoff to choose a candidate to face Marine Le Pen of the National Front in next spring’s presidential election, the [...]

How George Orwell Helped Cause the Cold War

By |2019-01-07T13:56:50-05:00November 26th, 2016|

Following the publication of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the American public suddenly discovered that the Russians had utterly divergent geopolitical interests from Americans… Animal Farm’s positive reception in Great Britain was far exceeded by its smashing success in the United States. The initial American reaction to Orwell’s fable came in the form of a [...]

“Animal Farm”: Seventy Years Later

By |2016-12-22T06:58:52-05:00November 19th, 2016|

Animal Farm hit a nerve at the right psychological moment in America, just when the pro-Soviet fellow-traveling movement was beginning to unravel… What havoc “a little squib” can cause! Seven decades ago, George Orwell’s Animal Farm was published in the United States. Its publication launch was August 26, 1946, almost exactly a year after [...]

Overcoming Evil with Goodness

By |2019-01-07T14:11:52-05:00March 21st, 2016|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter S. Rieth as he discusses Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish martyr who was murdered while loving his enemies. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Do not use violence in your struggle. Violence is not a sign of strength, only of weakness. He who [...]

Solzhenitsyn & The Return of the False Dimitris

By |2014-11-07T16:13:50-05:00September 6th, 2014|

As a Catholic and a Pole, it is not easy to translate and publish these letters from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about the Ukraine crisis. Solzhenitsyn writes about a common experience of suffering by Belorussians, Ukrainians and Russians not only at the hands of Communism, but at the hands of Catholicism and Poles. Yet anyone who has [...]

Overcoming Evil With Goodness

By |2018-11-12T15:20:03-05:00August 17th, 2014|

“Do not use violence in your struggle. Violence is not a sign of strength, only of weakness. He who cannot win the heart or the mind seeks his victory through violence. Each act of violence is vivid proof of moral incompetence. The most excellent, enduring battle known to Man, known to history, is the [...]

Russia & Foreign Policy: The Forgotten Teachings of Henryk Krzeczkowski

By |2019-04-11T12:47:30-05:00June 27th, 2014|

Russia is not a real country, intoned Senator John McCain during the recent Wroclaw Global Forum in Poland, but a gas station run by the mafia. John McCain is not an authority on either Russia or war, when compared with the military, diplomatic and intellectual experience of Henryk Krzeczkowski. Belligerent language like the Senator’s [...]

George Kennan: Never A Man for Causes

By |2014-02-18T16:40:19-05:00February 18th, 2014|Tags: |

George Kennan: A Study in Character, by John Lukacs For a few years, from 1946 to 1949, George Frost Kennan was at the center of world events. He also lived long and wrote much, and he remains a puzzle to many. Liberals have admired his public dissent over the militarization of his containment ideas (he [...]