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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.

Australia’s Dangerous Allies. Jared McKinney reviews the new book by former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

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)

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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