MICHAEL
C. DESCH
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Public Affairs Commentary

“Neoconservatism Rebaptized,” The American Conservative, November/December 2013, 46-8. [HTML ]

“What comes next: Why secularism fooled me into thinking the two-state solution was likely,” Mondoweiss, November 6, 2013. [HTML ]

“What Do Policymakers Want from Academics?” The Monkey Cage/Washington Post, September 25, 2013. [HTML ]

“Rank Irrelevance: How Academia Lost Its Way,” Foreign Affairs.com, September 15, 2013. [HTML ]

“Kenneth Waltz and the Power of Pure Theory,” The National Interest.org, May15, 2013. [HTML ]

“A Foreign Policy of Humility and Restraint,” Notre Dame Magazine Winter 2012/13, 20. [HTML ]

“Haaretz undermines a foundational myth: FDR abandoned Europe’s Jews,” Mondoweiss, November 5, 2012. [HTML ]

“Bibi’s Chutzpah: The Israeli Prime Minister Crosses a Red Line,” Foreign Affairs.com, September 19, 2012. [HTML ]

“Exorcising George McGovern: How the GOP lost its foreign-policy advantage,” The American Conservative, August 2012, 89. [HTML ]

“Mr. President, Don’t Salute the Troops this 4th of July,” Foreign Policy.com, July 4, 2012. [HTML ]

“Why Hasn’t Jonathan Pollard Applied for Parole?” Mondoweiss, June 15, 2012. [HTML ]

“Inside The Ivory Tower,” Foreign Policy, Jan/Feb 2012. [HTML ]

“Why Netanyahu cuts deals with Hamas, not Fatah,” Mondoweiss, October 20. [HTML ]

“Mission Accomplished?” The American Conservative, July 2011, 10-11. [HTML ]

“Former head British spook says Israeli intelligence couldn’t be trusted,” Mondoweiss, April 1, 2011. [HTML ]

“Limited Liability Intervention,” The National Interest, March 14, 2011. [HTML ]

“The Importance of the Middle East Peace Process in U.S. Foreign Policy,” Big Think, March 8, 2011. [HTML ]

“The Liberal Complex,” The American Conservative, February 2011, 9-10. [HTML ]

“Turkey’s doing It Without the Fez On,” The National Interest, October 26, 2010. [HTML ]

“Why have the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan been so corrosive of civil-military relations?” Foreign Policy.com. October 18, 2010. [HTML ]

“A Third Lebanon War?,” al Adab, Vol. 58, Nos. 9-10, 49 (Fall 2010): [Interview in Arabic].

“It’s Not India,” Mondoweiss, July 10, 2010. [HTML ]

“The Myth of Israeli Strategic Genius,” Mondoweiss, June 4, 2010. [HTML ]

“Liberal Zionism, Oxymoron,” Mondoweiss, May 27, 2010. [HTML ]

“Response to Scott McConnell, ‘Politics is a Matter of the Heart, Which is Why the BDS Social Movement is Important,’” Mondoweiss, May 10, 2010. [HTML ]

“Desch: Bloom Misses the Historical Shift in Antisemitism,”Mondoweiss, May 9. 2010. [HTML ]

“Divestment Diversion,” The American Conservative, June 2010, 37-39. [HTML ]

“Obama and His General,” Foreign Affairs.com, October 27, 2009. [HTML ]

“A Necessary War Taken to Unnecessary Extremes,” Peace Policy, October 1, 2009. [HTML ]

“Getting on Board: How an Obscure Panel Could Fix the U.S. Intelligence Community,” (with Kenneth Michael Absher, Michael C. Desch, and Roman Popadiuk), Foreign Affairs.com, September 19, 2009. [HTML ]

“Apocalypse Not,” The American Conservative, May 18, 2009, 6-8. [HTML ]

“Professor Smith Goes to Washington,” Notre Dame Magazine, Vol. 38, No 1 (Spring 2009): 48-51. [HTML ]

“Do the Troops Love Obama or Hate Him?”Foreign Policy.com, March 25, 2009. [HTML ]

“Remembering Samuel Huntington,” The American Conservative, January 26, 2009, 25-26. [HTML ]

“What Should Have Been Said to AIPAC,” The Chicago Tribune, June 11, 2008, 23. [HTML ]

“Israel’s Lawyers,” The American Conservative, May 5, 2008, 29-30. [HTML ]

“Declaring Forever War,” The American Conservative, January 4, 2008. [HTML ]

“Containing the Bush Doctrine,” The American Conservative, July 16, 2007, 30- 32. [PDF ]

“Listen to My Generals,” San Diego Union-Tribune, May 3, 2007. [HTML ]

“Le Défi de la Guerre Urbaine: Quelques Leçons,” Technologie & Armement (Février-Mars 2007): 34-5.

“Real Kantian,” The American Conservative, February 26, 2007, 32-34. [PDF ]

“Critics of Israel Deserve a Debate, Not Demonization,” The Australian, February 8, 2007, 24. [HTML ]

“Operation Rescue: Old Guard Returns,” The American Conservative, December 18, 2006, 8-10.

“Why Further Withdrawals by Israel Make Most Sense,” Houston Chronicle, August 25, 2006, B9. [HTML ]

“Prophets in Their Own Land,” The American Conservative, June 19, 2006, 19-23. [HTML ]

“Dershowitz v. Desch,” The American Conservative, January 16, 2006, 7-8. [PDF ]

“The Chutzpah of Alan Dershowitz,” The American Conservative, December 5, 2005, 30-33.

“George ‘Wilson’ Bush,” The American Conservative, November 21, 2005, 23-25.

“Sharansky’s Double Standard,” The American Conservative, March 28, 2005, 7- 11. [HTML ]

“Folly in Exporting Liberty,” The Australian, January 25, 2005, 24. [HTML ]

“What Would Strauss Do?” The American Conservative, January 17, 2005, 29- 31. [HTML ]

“Ending the Israel-Palestine Stalemate Will Strengthen U.S. National Security,” The Economist paid advertisement with 39 other signatories, January 1st - 7th, 2005, 8. [HTML ]

“The Peace That Failed,” The American Conservative, November 8, 2004, 27-30. [HTML ]

“Abusing the Holocaust,” The American Conservative, April 12, 2004, 21-27. [HTML ]

“Is America in Danger of Too Much Democracy?” Louisville Courier-Journal, July 27, 2003, I5.

“Ominous Precedent,” The American Conservative, May 5, 2003, 8-11. [HTML ]

“Woodward Explores the Shifting Views of ‘Bush at War,’” Louisville Courier-Journal, January 19, 2003, I5.

“Know Thy Enemy,” The American Conservative, December 16, 2002, 20-21. [HTML ]

“Is the Best Case Good Enough?” Louisville Courier-Journal, December 4, 2002.

“Bush Heading Into Costly War Unnecessary for U.S. Security,” Lexington Herald-Leader, September 30, 2002.

“Forging a Policy for a Free Russia,” Louisville Courier-Journal, ?, 2002.

“Palestinian State is No Threat,” Louisville Courier-Journal, May 31, 2002.

“Globalization is Good for State’s Economy,” Lexington Herald-Leader, January 7, 2002, A7 (with Eugene Gholz)

“Let’s Stick with the Northern Alliance,” Louisville Courier-Journal, November 16, 2001.

“We Can’t Ignore the Rest of the World,” Lexington Herald-Leader, September 26, 2001, A11.

“Liberals and Nukes,” The New Republic, Issues 4,365 and 4,366 (September 14 and 21, 1998), 8.

"Yeltsin Paid a Price to Enforce Democracy," The Christian Science Monitor, November 5, 1993, 19.

"History Warns That Fighting in Bosnia Would be Quagmire," The Christian Science Monitor, February 9, 1993, 19.

"Keep the Generals at Ease," The Christian Science Monitor, June 11, 1991, 18.