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Has Neoconservatism Failed or Succeeded? Part Two  (aired 6/29/2006)
In 1989, political scientist Francis Fukuyama argued that the end of the Cold War also brought a certain kind of end to human history. Free markets and peaceful democracy would be the final form human government. But since then, al-Qaeda has attacked America, London, Madrid, and Indonesia, to begin a long list. In response, President George W. Bush has declared a “War on Terrorism.” But Francis Fukuyama, a self-proclaimed former neoconservative, is doubtful that America’s use of force against Islamic jihadism will succeed. But what are the alternatives?

Has Neoconservatism Failed or Succeeded? Part One  (aired 6/22/2006)
In 1989, political scientist Francis Fukuyama argued that the end of the Cold War also brought a certain kind of end to human history. Free markets and peaceful democracy would be the final form human government. But since then, al-Qaeda has attacked America, London, Madrid, and Indonesia, to begin a long list. In response, President George W. Bush has declared a “War on Terrorism.” But Francis Fukuyama, a self-proclaimed former neoconservative, is doubtful that America’s use of force against Islamic jihadism will succeed. But what are the alternatives?

What is Ronald Reagan’s Legacy?  (aired 6/10/2004)
Ronald Reagan’s presidency began amid the Iran hostage crisis and economic turmoil. When he left in 1989, America was prosperous, and the Soviet Empire was in decline. But the intervening years were not without controversy and scandal. Who was Ronald Reagan, and what is the enduring legacy of his presidency?

Richard Perle: The Making of a Neoconservative  (aired 11/14/2002)
To some of his opponents, Richard Perle has emerged as the mysterious Svengali behind George W. Bush’s Iraq policy. He’s been called a hawk and a neo-conservative, both of which are part of a worldview with a long and distinguished pedigree. Today, Perle is the chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a civilian group that advises the Pentagon. Host Ben Wattenberg talks with Richard Perle about the origins of Perle’s personal philosophy, as well as the current crisis with Iraq.

Intellectuals at War  (aired 4/19/1999)
This week Think Tank is joined by the distinguished writer, editor and literary critic Norman Podhoretz. Podhoretz was editor and chief of the neo-conservative magazine Commentary for 35 years. Now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, he is the author of a new book called Ex-Friends, falling out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt and Norman Mailer. The topic before this house, intellectuals at war, this week on Think Tank.


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