Ideology in Search of a Policy

"Ideology in Search of a Policy," Foreign Affairs, v60 n3 (1981): 503-524.


Three signal events marked the year 1981 (as least, from the point of view of a Frenchman): the arrival of Ronald Reagan at the White House in January; the election of Francois Mitterand  2 the presidency of the French Republic followed by the election of an absolute majority of the socialists to the national assembly in the spring; and, of course, the assassination of Pres. Anwar Sadat in October. At the same time, no crises were settled during the past year (not even the Polish one), no wars begun, and none ended. The official calendar did not coincide with a historic period in any part of the world.