By Niall Ferguson Chaos theory proposes that, by merely flapping its wings in the Amazonian jungle, a single butterfly can cause a hurricane in the Home Counties. That is because of the extraordinary complexity of the global climatic system: one tiny bit of turbulence in darkest Brazil can, under the right circumstances, trigger a kind […]
By Ronald Asmus Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bellicose speech at the Munich security conference on Feb. 10 has caused some to revive their arguments against enlarging NATO. The policy was wrongheaded because it produced the nationalist policies that emanate from Moscow today, they say. NATO expansion was a bad idea, they argue, because it enraged […]
By Niall Ferguson Two vignettes that say much about the American way of war. First, two trigger-happy reservist pilots making a lethal attack on a British armoured convoy during the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom, despite indications that their targets were, in fact, their own allies…
By Ronald Asmus Russia is back, not as the democratic partner we had hoped for, but as an increasingly authoritarian actor eager to advance its own values and interests abroad. AP panelist Ronald D. Asmus calls for a new transatlantic Eastern Policy in Die Zeit on February 1, 2007.