Lord Lamont asked me to consider what could go wrong for China. I have concluded, first, that China is a nice place to carp at but you wouldn't want to have to run the place. Second, that a great deal could go wrong with it and some of it will, but most of it won't.
When Mike Lampton asked me to speak this evening, on the thirtieth anniversary of Chairman Mao's demise, I was a bit nonplused. What, I asked myself, could I say about the famous peasant under glass in Tiananmen?
I want to speak to you this afternoon about diplomacy as an element of statecraft. By now most Americans recognize that we are in a bit of trouble both at home and abroad. What is to be done? Is diplomacy a better answer than the use of force?
Over the course of the day, I gather, various speakers have either discussed — or diplomatically sought to avoid discussion of — our present national obsession with precluding hypothetical threats of future carnage, even as we ignore and do nothing about ending the escalating mayhem in the Holy L
I am very pleased to be able to meet with you on this, the first day of a week–long examination of relations between our country and the Arab world. I have been asked to speak about American foreign policy as it bears on this topic.
We are here to inaugurate a new center for research, analysis, and education about China, a country to our far West that never stops challenging the minds of those who study it or the character of those who rule it. No country has had a history of comparable continuity.
Since 9/11, without public debate, most Americans have — either enthusiastically or passively — supported a militaristic and ideologically domineering approach to managing our international relations.
When our descendants look back on the end of the 20th Century and the beginning of this one, they will be puzzled. The end of the Cold War relieved Americans of almost all international anxieties.
We are gathered together to reflect upon our country's adoption of Caligula's motto for effective foreign policy — ODERINT DUM METUANT — "let them hate us, as long as they fear us." As we do so, let us observe a brief moment of silence for the United States Information Agency and also for our re
Thank you John. That was such a fulsome introduction that I don't have a lot of time to speak, and I'll try to keep it very short.