|Dear Reader,Contributing editor Sohrab Ahmari has a question: Whatever happened to the antiwar left? While TAC was a notorious outlier on the American right in dissenting from Republican enthusiasm for George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, the left put forth a constellation of protests against the war, and against liberal imperialism in general. But, as recent controversy on Capitol Hill over a letter calling for diplomacy in the Ukraine-Russia conflict makes clear, today the mandates of liberalism have overcome any organized anti-imperial sentiment among progressives. Too bad.
Luke Larson, an American living in Hungary, thinks the U.S. pro-life community can learn a thing or two from the Hungarians about advocacy against abortion. Hungary, like all post-communist countries, has as brutal a history of abortion as our own made by Roe. Its pro-life activists, with little hope of legally halting the slaughter, have sought to change the culture around family, to put family front and center in every aspect of public policy. Likewise, even as Americans in red states after Dobbs pursue bans and restrictions, those in blue states can work to change the circumstances of childbirth and family life for the better.
The Pacific Forum is a think tank based in Hawaii focused on Indo-Pacific international relations. In an essay published yesterday, Pacific Forum researchers and occasional TAC contributors Akhil Ramesh and Robert York look at the industrial policy relationship between the United States and South Korea. Even as populist and nationalist impulses prompt reinvestment in American manufacturing, those investments deepen and complicate the economic and political ties between the U.S. and the Korean Republic. It is a mutually beneficial relationship for now, but in a world reconsidering globalism the motives of the two parties may be at odds over the long term.