Mark Collins – No “End of History”, “Collapse of the Liberal World Order” Section

Further to this post, No “End of History”, or, Don’t Expect Any Lovely Converging International Community more from Harvard Prof. Stephen Walt: … The world is entering a period where once-robust democracies have grown fragile. Now is the time to figure out where we went wrong. Once upon a time — that is, back in the … Continue reading Mark Collins – No “End of History”, “Collapse of the Liberal World Order” Section

Mark Collins – No “End of History”, or, Don’t Expect Any Lovely Converging International Community

Further to this post last year, Francis Fukuyama: Not the End of History, Just Poor History Harvard Prof. Stephen Walt uses real history to illuminate current realities and prospects: The (Con)Fusion of Civilizations Larry Summers and Kishore Mahbubani think that globalization will eventually lead to world peace. Except that it hasn’t — and probably won’t. … Continue reading Mark Collins – No “End of History”, or, Don’t Expect Any Lovely Converging International Community

Mark Collins – Francis Fukuyama: Not the End of History, Just Poor History

His original 1989 triumphalist article is here.  Now a bit of recent unfrocking at the Times Literary Supplement by Krishan Kumar (March 20, p. 28, full text subscriber only): Down to dullness Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy [see here] Francis Fukuyama first came to the attention … Continue reading Mark Collins – Francis Fukuyama: Not the End of History, Just Poor History

Mark Collins – China, Russia, the Caliphate: Whatever Happened to “The End of History”?

Ah, once quite a few in the West were so…triumphant.  Now just consider what looks like is going on in Ukraine.  Then consider all the “international community” cant with which far too many continue to delude themselves.  And then consider this post over a year ago: Syria, “Or lesser breeds without the Law” Kipling’s “Recessional“. Let … Continue reading Mark Collins – China, Russia, the Caliphate: Whatever Happened to “The End of History”?

Mark Collins – The Jews, the Holocaust and Poland, Then and Now (and much more)

First a tweet, This is exactly why I've always opposed laws banning Holocaust denial. Bleed-over into other areas was inevitable.https://t.co/yXPbBBBpRJ — John Schindler (@20committee) November 7, 2016 plus a post last year: Jedwabne: A Murderous July 1941 Polish Pogrom–and God? Then an article at the NY Times Magazine on Poland today more broadly: The Party That … Continue reading Mark Collins – The Jews, the Holocaust and Poland, Then and Now (and much more)

Mark Collins – Michael Ignatieff on Liberal (small “l”) Dreams and Central European Realities

Some honest realism from a failed Canadian politician still hard at trying to make a positive difference: Michael Ignatieff’s journey from politician to academic freedom fighter Michael Ignatieff [his website is here] the academic is in the middle of unwinding a thought about why the refugee crisis looks different in Central Europe than it does … Continue reading Mark Collins – Michael Ignatieff on Liberal (small “l”) Dreams and Central European Realities

Mark Collins – US Joint Chiefs Chairman “Dempsey warns of ‘perpetual war’”

Not what this POTUS (or any one) wants to hear–at Defense One’s “D-Brief“: Gen. Martin Dempsey, the soon-to-be-retiring chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is telling the military to dig in for a long war, one involving non-state actors in a battle that looks a lot like the current fight in Iraq and Syria. … Continue reading Mark Collins – US Joint Chiefs Chairman “Dempsey warns of ‘perpetual war’”

Mark Collins – Obama the Whig, or, POTUS’ Interpretation of History

The start of a post at John Schindler’s The XX Committee blog: The Right — and Wrong — Side of History Discussions of the right — and wrong — side of history have constituted one of the major memes of Barack Obama’s presidency. Indeed, the president is so fond of citing “sides” of history, always on … Continue reading Mark Collins – Obama the Whig, or, POTUS’ Interpretation of History

Daryl Copeland – A time of remembrance, and forgetting

For those with an interest in foreign policy, military history and geopolitics, this month has been rich. Canadians marked a pair of significant commemorations: Nov. 9, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Nov. 11, Remembrance (or Armistice) Day, which this year fell during the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of … Continue reading Daryl Copeland – A time of remembrance, and forgetting

Mark Collins – Dispensing with the Indispensable Nation

Further to this post, “The Myth of the Indispensable Nation”, or… from the conclusion of a piece at Salon (h/t Sam): …This peculiar moment seems to make this reality clear. Nostalgic for the period of primacy known as the American Century, the U.S. cannot accept its passing. Logically enough, the task becomes essentially destructive of the … Continue reading Mark Collins – Dispensing with the Indispensable Nation