The Week’s Most Interesting Reads
The Nixon Doctrine, polycentrism, and “credibility.” Mark Safranski recounts the creation of the Nixon Doctrine and its relevance to contemporary debates.
Spying on Germany is wrecking the alliance. Jacob Heilbrunn describes the backlash against ongoing revelations of aggressive U.S. espionage.
Re-reading Waverley. Allan Massie comments on the “first great Scottish novel.”
Mitt Romney was wrong all along. James Carden refutes a silly defense of Romney’s foreign policy views.
Shevardnadze’s complicated legacy. Giorgi Lomsadze reflects on the career of the former Soviet foreign minister and president of Georgia.
Sikorski and the U.S.-Polish alliance. David Hendrickson puts the Polish foreign minister’s leaked remarks about the “worthless” alliance in the context of the Ukraine crisis.
How Russians see the last two decades. Mark Adomanis comments on Russian public opinion.
Americans don’t plan for strategic disaster. Steven Metz identifies a flaw in how Americans think about security. (WPR subscription only)