The Trouble with Good Intentions: In Feeding Somalia and Backing Yeltsin, America Discovers the Limits of Idealism .

The Cold War Is Over. Can America Manage the Peace?

Complexity theory holds that even the wildest disorder may eventually cohere into a pattern -- as when the teeming molecules of the young earth united in the arrangement that became life.

If complexity theory is valid, there may be hope someday for Somalia. There may even be hope for the Clinton Administration's foreign policy.

It is wrong to expect too much coherence from any quarter, writers on foreign policy warn: with the end of the cold war, the world is formless -- no | longer Manichaean, no longer organized around two neat poles of ideology. America's conception of its national interests...

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