July 30, 2012

Debate: There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

When a head of state publishes a fundamental essay in the media, it usually attracts attention, especially if in addition to the domestic scene this also concerns a respectable international journal – to be more specific, if an article is printed in the most influential local policy paper, Diplomaatia, and its English version is released in a special edition on European-American relations of Policy Review, an eminent publication of Stanford University. Besides Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the special edition included such authors as Robert Kagan, Robert Cooper, Ivan Krastev, Charles A. Kupchan and Kurt Volker. Postimees admittedly published excerpts from the president’s article printed in the jubilee issue of Diplomaatia, but that was the full extent of the debate.

When a head of state publishes a fundamental essay in the media, it usually attracts attention, especially if in addition to the domestic scene this also concerns a respectable international journal – to be more specific, if an article is printed in the most influential local policy paper, Diplomaatia, and its English version is released in a special edition on European-American relations of Policy Review, an eminent publication of Stanford University. Besides Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the special edition included such authors as Robert Kagan, Robert Cooper, Ivan Krastev, Charles A. Kupchan and Kurt Volker. Postimees admittedly published excerpts from the president’s article printed in the jubilee issue of Diplomaatia, but that was the full extent of the debate.


www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/8856. – Ed.
2 Robert Kagan, “Power and Weakness,” Policy Review, No. 113, June/July 2002. See www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/article/…. – Ed.

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