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International Relations

The Cold War era was a bipolar era, and in that sense the problems it posed were relatively straightforward. We confronted just one great threat, and  save for the later Vietnam years  there was a broad American public consensus in facing it.

Today, in contrast, I see an era in which the U.S. will face a complex and evolving world, with relatively more limited resources, and probably less domestic consensus as well. In this environment, it is our diplomats and foreignservice officers, not the Strategic Air Command, who will be America's true first line of defense in the world. It is this consideration which has led me deeper and deeper into an interest in and study of international relations, and which leads me to wish to make my personal contribution in that area.

Winston Churchill called for Britain, facing its darkest hour in World War II, to display "in victory, magnanimity; in defeat, defiance." Fortunately for us all, Britain and its allies won that war, and the U.S., in taking over Britain's leadership role afterwards, showed great magniminity.

Yet often it is defeat, not victory, that most tests a nation or a person. The

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