James Kurth and the Fate of Western Civilization

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    James Kurth, “America, Democratization, and the Muslim World,” Watch on the West: A Newsletter of FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West 6, no. 1 (March 2005), https://www.fpri.org/ww/0601.200503.kurth.americademocratizationmuslimworld.html.

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    James Kurth, “Samuel Huntington (1927–2008): Ideas Have Consequences,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, E-Notes, January 2009, https://www.fpri.org/enotes/200901.kurth.samuelhuntingtonideashaveconsequences.html; and “The Late American Nation,” review of Anglosphere: The Future of the English-Speaking Nations in the Internet Era, by James C. Bennett; The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty-First Century, by Robert Cooper; Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity, by Samuel P. Huntington; The Case for Sovereignty: Why the World Should Welcome American Independence, by Jeremy A. Rabkin; and A New World Order, by Anne-Marie Slaughter, National Interest, no. 77 (Fall 2004): 117–26.

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    James Kurth, “Inside the Cave: The Banality of I.R. Studies,” National Interest, no. 53 (Fall 1998): 29–40.

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    James Kurth, “History and Geography: A Meditation on Foreign Policy and FPRI’s 50th Anniversary,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, E-Notes, September 16, 2005, http://www.fpri.org/enotes/20050916.history.kurth.historygeographyfpri50.html.

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    James Kurth, “Untitled Note,” American Conservative, August 28, 2006, 17–18; “The Crisis of American Conservatism: Inherent Contradictions and the End of the Road,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, E-Notes, December 2012, http://www.fpri.org/articles/2012/12/crisis-american-conservatism-inherent-contradictions-and-end-road.

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    James Kurth, “The Vatican’s Foreign Policy,” National Interest, no. 32 (Summer 1993): 40–52; James Kurth, “Eastern Questions, Western Answers,” review of The Wrath of Nations: Civilization and the Fury of Nationalism, by William Pfaff, National Interest, no. 34 (Winter 1993): 96–101; “America’s Grand Strategy,” National Interest, no. 43 (Spring 1996): 3–19; “To Sing a Different Song: The Choices for the Baltic States,” National Interest, no. 56 (Summer 1999): 81–88; “American Strategy in the Global Era,” Naval War College Review 53, no. 1 (Winter 2000): 7–25; “The American Way of Victory,” National Interest, no. 60 (Summer 2000): 5–16; “Models of Humanitarian Intervention: Assessing the Past and Discerning the Future,” FRPI Wire 9, no. 6 (August 2001), http://www.fpri.org/fpriwire/0906.200108.kurth.humanitarianintervention.html; “The Next NATO,” National Interest, no. 65 (Fall 2001): 5–16; “Iraq: Losing the American Way,” American Conservative, March 15, 2004, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/iraq-losing-the-american-way/; “America’s Identity and American Foreign Policy,” Watch on the West: A Newsletter of FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West 5, no. 10 (December 2004), http://www.fpri.org/ww/0510.200412.kurth.americaidentityforeignpolicy.html; “The Rise of China,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, E-Notes, July 15, 2005, http://www.fpri.org/enotes/20050715.asia.kurth.riseofchina.html; “History and Geography”; “Splitting Islam,” American Conservative, September 26, 2005, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/splitting-islam/; “The British Roots of America Are Real,” History News Network, http://hnn.us/article/9237, reprint of “In These Pages,” Orbis 49, no. 1 (Winter 2005): 1–6; “America’s Democratization Projects Abroad,” American Spectator 39, no. 8 (October 2006): 40–47; “Humanitarian Intervention after Iraq: Legal Ideals vs. Military Realities,” Orbis 50, no. 1 (2006): 87–101; “One-Child Foreign Policy,” American Conservative, August 27, 2007, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/one-child-foreign-policy/; “Defining Deterrence Down,” American Conservative, February 25, 2008, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/defining-deterrence-down/; “The New Liberalism in Global Politics: From Internationalism to Transnationalism,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, E-Notes, March, 2011, http://www.fpri.org/enotes/201103.kurth.transnationalism.html; and “The Foreign Policy of Plutocracies,” American Interest, September 27, 2011, http://www.the-american-interest.com/articles/2011/09/27/the-foreign-policy-of-plutocracies/.

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    Kurth, “New Liberalism in Global Politics.”

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    Kurth, “To Sing a Different Song.”

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    Kurth, “Iraq: Losing the American Way,” “Splitting Islam,” and “Humanitarian Intervention after Iraq.”

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    James Kurth, “The Defamation of Pope Pius XII,” Modern Age 44, no. 3 (Summer 2002): 283–87, http://www.mmisi.org/ma/44_03/kurth.pdf.

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    Kurth, “Models of Humanitarian Intervention” and “Iraq: Losing the American Way.”

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    Kurth, “Rise of China” and “History and Geography.”

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    Kurth, “Splitting Islam.”

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    James Kurth, “Debunking ‘American Theocracy,’” interview by Alice Chasan, Beliefnet, June 2006, http://www.beliefnet.com/News/2006/06/Debunking-American-Theocracy.aspx?p=1.

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    Kurth, “Vatican’s Foreign Policy.” James Kurth, “For Whom the Bell Tolls: The Franco Regime and Contemporary Spain,” Modern Age 55, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 27–36.

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    James Kurth, “The Real Clash,” National Interest, no. 37 (Fall 1994): 3–15, available at http://www.keck.ucsf.edu/~craig/James_Kurth_The_Real_Clash.pdf.

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    James Kurth, “The Rich Get Richer,” American Conservative, September 25, 2006, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-rich-get-richer/; “Foreign Policy of Plutocracies.”

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    James Kurth, “The Decline and Fall of Almost Everything: Paul Kennedy Peers into the 21st Century,” Foreign Affairs 72, no. 2 (Spring 1993): 156–62; “Models of Humanitarian Intervention”; “Iraq: Losing the American Way”; “Rise of China”; “History and Geography”; What Are We Fighting For? Western Civilization, American Identity, and U.S. Foreign Policy (Philadelphia: Foreign Policy Research Institute, Center for the Study of America and the West, 2009), http://www.fpri.org/pubs/200901.kurth.fightingfor.pdf; and “Crisis of American Conservatism.”

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    Kurth, “One-Child Foreign Policy.”

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    Kurth, “To Sing a Different Song,” “The Next NATO,” and “Humanitarian Intervention after Iraq.” James Kurth, “The Tragic Death of the Habsburg Empire,” Modern Age 49, no. 4 (Fall 2007): 498–507, http://www.mmisi.org/MA/49_04/kurth.pdf.

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    Kurth, “Tragic Death,” 503.

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    See interview by Chasan, “Debunking ‘American Theocracy,’” where Kurth expresses his view that a true conservative accepts limits to human power out of humility and faith, and seeks to make the best of a fallen world.

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    Kurth, What Are We Fighting For?

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    Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, ed. Michael Oakeshott (New York and London: Collier Books, 1962), 100.

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    Kurth, “The Rich Get Richer.”

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    Kurth, “Foreign Policy of Plutocracies.”

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    Kurth, “America’s Grand Strategy” and “American Way of Victory.”

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    James Kurth, “The Adolescent Empire: America and the Imperial Idea,” National Interest, no. 48 (Summer 1997): 3–15; “American Strategy”; and “The Fate of the West in the Age of Globalization: Triumph or Twilight?” Watch on the West: A Newsletter of FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West 1, no. 10 (December 2000), https://www.fpri.org/ww/0110.200012.kurth.triumphortwilight.html.

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    James Kurth, “Religion and Globalization: The Templeton Lecture on Religion and Word Affairs,” FRPI Wire 7, no. 7 (May 1999), http://www.fpri.org/fpriwire/0707.199905.kurth.religionglobalization.html; “American Versus the Rest?” Watch on the West: A Newsletter of FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West 1, no. 1 (October 1997), http://www.fpri.org/ww/0101.199710.kurth.americavswest.html.

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    Michael Oakeshott, On Human Conduct (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975), 242n1; also see 237–42, where Oakeshott discusses the formidable range of expressions of the individualist character.

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    Kurth, “Vatican’s Foreign Policy.”

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Abel, C. James Kurth and the Fate of Western Civilization. Acad. Quest. 27, 145–155 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12129-014-9414-7

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  • Muslim World
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