After The Cold War Is Won

Even in a campaign as issueless as this one, the vacuousness of what passes for foreign policy debate has been stunning. The reason, however, is simple. Not since World War II has the U.S. experienced such a serene international environment:

-- The superpowers are in the midst of a second detente, more profound than the first because it is accompanied this time by a serious Soviet attempt at internal reform. Detente II has yielded an arms reduction agreement (the INF treaty) of marginal strategic importance but of such profound psychological impact that the peace movement, which only five years ago threatened...

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