Is Kissinger a constructivist? According to Marc Lynch: “Kissinger’s reading of world order is that of Alexander Wendt, not Kenneth Waltz […] Like Wendt, Kissinger’s ‘World Order’ evaluates regional and world politics in terms of degrees of legitimacy and the extent of a shared vision of international order”. Just a paradox os something more? For sure, the article deserves a full reading.
If you are more conformtable with a traditional “offensive realist” view, please take a look at the keynote speech given by John Mearsheimer at the 2013 Army War College Strategy Conference. The stimulating title of the address was: “The Rise of China and the Decline of the U.S. Army“.
The New Issue of Foreign Affairs is devoted to the lessons learnt collected in Iraq and Afghanistan. As questioned by Gideon Rose: “After 13 years of war, the loss of many thousands of lives, and the expenditure of trillions of dollars, what has the United States learned?”. According to Max Boot, one crucial lesson is the enduring relevance of counterinsurgency.
For an European perspective on the military operation in Afghanistan we suggest this article on Germany, NATO and ISAF. Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Sunday that Berlin had made serious mistakes in Afghanistan, warning against “a hasty withdrawal”. The biggest mistake was to create expectations that were too high.
Finally, shifting from Mearsheimer to “Back to the Future”, here you’ll find info about the possibility to buy the hoverboard used by Marty McFly in the movie. Sci-fi inventions have become reality!