Strobe Talbott is Distinguished Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. He was Deputy Secretary of State from 1994 to 2001. (December 2017)


The Man Who Lost an Empire

Mikhail Gorbachev

Gorbachev: His Life and Times

by William Taubman
In 1921, the year before he founded the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Vladimir Lenin challenged his fellow Bolsheviks with a rhetorical question: “Who overtakes whom?” Joseph Stalin preferred a starker version: “Who-whom?” Both saw politics as a deadly competition in which the winner takes all—war by other means. So …

Why NATO Should Grow

This fall, groups of military officers and diplomats from the sixteen memberstates of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization plan to visit Warsaw, Bucharest, Vilnius, and Kiev, among other capitals throughout Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, venturing into what only six years ago was enemy territory. These Western emissaries …