Robert W. Merry

Robert W. Merry is political editor of The National Interest and the author of books on American history and foreign policy. His most recent book is Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians.


Failing to play a dominant role in the Far East wouldn't just be foolish. It would change who we are.

Humanitarian interventions have become the reflex position in Washington. But the American public is more nationalistic and more skeptical of foreign do-goodery. Could a reckoning be at hand?

The president is no pragmatic centrist. In fact, he has the most expansive and leftist vision in the history of the presidency.

Nixon's handling of Vietnam and China could offer insights for Obama in Afghanistan.

An interbellum German intellectual's work is a powerful warning to Americans about the perils of our interventionist foreign-policy trajectory.


Few American stories of personal fellowship are as poignant as the Roosevelt-Taft friendship—and its brutal disintegration.

Faith in progress and the perfectibility of human nature are at the center of Western thought. What if this faith is misplaced?

Kaplan explores the potent role of geography in shaping the survival instincts and geopolitical sensibilities of nations and peoples in The Revenge of Geography.


Washington is oblivious.

Struggling presidents tend to poison their parties' presidential prospects.

In the past, waves of mass dissatisfaction have often sparked major political realignments. Is it about to happen again?

A master class in focused stewardship of national power that's greatly relevant to America in Ukraine.

"Ukraine was fated by geography and history—perhaps tragically—to be at the epicenter of any tensions between Russia and the West."

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April 19, 2014