William Pfaff is the author of The Irony of Manifest Destiny, published in June 2010 by Walker and Company (New York) -- his tenth and culminating work on international politics and the American destiny. He describes the neglected sources and unforeseen consequences of the tragedy towards which the nation's current effort to remake the world to fit America's measure is leading. His previous books and his articles in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and his syndicated newspaper column, featured for a quarter century in the globally read International Herald Tribune, have made him one of America's most respected and internationally influential interpreters of world affairs.   [Read more...]
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Russia's Messianic Quest

Paris Ė July 23, 2014 Ė Events in Ukraine are a continuing and increasingly dangerous prolongation of a Cold War supposedly called off at the meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Chairman Mikhail Gorbatchev in January 1992.

These events may be read as driven by ideology and political ambition. It is difficult to otherwise interpret American policy with respect to the expansion of NATO and weakening of Vladimir Putinís Russia, as sought by the adherents of a New American Century. This ambition expresses the exceptionalist millenarianism that has been a force at work in American foreign policy since the United States has had a foreign policy, and today it collides with a visionary nationalism in the new Russia.

The American expansionism seems to have its dynamic center today in the offices of European and Eurasian Affairs of the Obama Administrationís Department of State, a surviving outpost of the Neo-Conservatism of the G.W. Bush Administration, which envisaged, in collaboration with the right-wing intelligentsia of the Israeli political class, a geopolitical advance of the West, employing the resources and political weight of NATO to conquer the Moslem Middle East and Central Asia.

At work on the side of Vladimir Putinís Russia are motivations including revenge for the humiliations that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet state, which Chairman Gorbatchev initially believed could be salvaged by the Union Treaty he proposed to the increasingly restless members of the Soviet Union in 1990, a predecessor to Mr. Putinís Central Asian economic union.


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