Ian Buruma Reviews Kagan, Khanna, Zakaria, and Emmott

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Apropos of Judah’s two posts below on Haas, Kagan and the end of America’s unipolar moment, Ian Buruma’s recent review in the New Yorker of the latest crop of books on this idea is very much worth reading. To my eye, Buruma’s critique of recent books by Kagan, Fareed Zakaria, Parag Khanna and Bill Emmott demonstrates several virtues in his thinking: a proper sense of the complex web of motivations that influence international relations; a realistic conception of what American power can achieve; and, at the same time, a recognition that a foreign policy that is completely valueless is both […]

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