James Lindsay

James M. Lindsay is vice president and director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Recent Articles

How Ambitious Can We Be?

Ethical Realism by Anatol Lieven and John Hulsman (Pantheon, 224 pages, $22.00) The American Way of Strategy by Michael Lind (Oxford University Press, 304 pages, $24.00) Anyone who doubts that the Bush Revolution in foreign policy has ended should check the shelves at a bookstore. Hagiographies about the man from Midland are out. Impassioned critiques offering plans for a new approach to foreign affairs are in. Ethical Realism and The American Way of Strategy are the two newest entries in the contest to plot the counter-revolution. Both books catalogue the administration's many missteps, and both would have the next president pursue a far less ambitious foreign policy. It is not clear, however, that it would be a better one. Anatol Lieven and John Hulsman make an odd writing pair, as they acknowledge in the introduction to Ethical Realism . Lieven, a former British journalist who did a stint at the dovish Carnegie Endowment for International Peace before becoming a fellow at the self-...