The Next Wars


Robert Kagan has produced a brief and lucid book on world politics in the 21st century, a well-written manifesto clearly aimed at influencing U.S. foreign policy. (It features blurbs from John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, and Richard Holbrooke.) Some conservatives will, no doubt, be attracted by Kagan's clarity; his robust distinctions between democrats and autocrats; and his realistic recognition of the limits of negotiations with bad guys - all presented in limpid prose, making it a delight to read. Nevertheless, as we shall see, conservatives should be wary of internalizing Kagan's core narrative as a blueprint for understanding America's role in the world, past, present, and future.

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