My first contribution to World Policy Journal, “Crackpot Moralism, Neo-Realism, and U.S. Foreign Policy,” was published in spring 1986, and explored a seeming paradox in American political life. Figures whose disposition toward the world could only be described as conservative, such as George F. Kennan and Hans Morganthau, had then become critics of American foreign policy, in some cases even identifying with the Left.

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