Interview With Henry Kissinger
The National Interest’s Jacob Heilbrunn recently sat down with Henry Kissinger to discuss a range of foreign policy concerns from Russia and Greece to the larger question of America’s role in the world.
“The trouble with America’s wars since the end of the Second World War has been the failure to relate strategy to what is possible domestically. The five wars we’ve fought since the end of World War II were all started with great enthusiasm. But the hawks did not prevail at the end. At the end, they were in a minority. We should not engage in international conflicts if, at the beginning, we cannot describe an end, and if we’re not willing to sustain the effort needed to achieve that end,” he says.
After Iran And Cuba, Is North Korea Next At Negotiating Table?
Now that the administration of Barack Obama has engaged Cuba and Iran as part of a strategy to lure them into the community of nations, many are asking whether North Korea is next.
“In short, North Korea will not likely be the next member of the axis of reconciliation any more than it was the next member of the regime-change club,” contends John Feffer in Foreign Policy In Focus, who notes that Iran and North Korea operate in “fundamentally” different geopolitical contexts.
One of the main reasons why Pyongyang will not be receiving an invitation to the negotiating table is the lack of political constituency in Washington and no real benefit to the business community to opening the doors to the rogue nation.
“First of all, unlike either Cuba or Iran, no major constituencies inside the United States are pushing for reconciliation with North Korea. The U.S. business community sees huge profits in the oil and gas sector in Iran and the agricultural and tourism sectors in Cuba. They have spent huge sums of money lobbying Congress and the administration to change U.S. sanctions policy. Previously, the business community was a big champion of détente with China. But North Korea is not exactly an investment bonanza,” says Feffer.
Is A Wall Along The US-Mexican Border Possible – Or Wise?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has given priority to an idea that has been circulating around Washington for decades – to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, simply build a wall along the border between Mexico and the United States.
Douglas Massey of Foreign Policy magazine believes the idea is misguided and will prove to be ineffective.
“For most of the 20th century, migration from Mexico was heavily circular, with male migrants moving back and forth across the border to earn money in the United States and then returning to Mexico to spend and invest at home. From 1965 to 1985, estimates indicate that 86 percent of undocumented entries were offset by departures, and the undocumented population grew slowly, rising to just under 3 million over two decades,” he writes.