NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR REVIEWS NORMAN PODHORETZ’S WORLD WAR IV

December 21, 2007

HARRISONBURG—In the current issue of the international affairs journal American Foreign Policy Interests, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, reviews World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism by Norman Podhoretz, published earlier this year by Doubleday.

While Dr. Pham finds the author’s argument for calling the fight against Islamist terrorism “World War IV” to be “literarily elegant and intellectually compelling,” he observes that “it hard to see how it will prevail.” Nevertheless, he hails the “characteristic intellectual rigor and felicitous turn of phrase” as well as the “moral clarity” with which Podhoretz, who edited the influential journal Commentary from 1960 to 1995 and remains an editor-at-large of the publication, makes the case that “America’s consistently insouciant response to terrorist attacks over the more than three decades leading up to 9/11 directly led to that morning’s attacks” and hence the current conflict requires “the political will and strategic resources to take up the burdens of leadership.”

American Foreign Policy Interests is a bimonthly journal published by Taylor & Francis for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a research organization founded in 1974 by the late Dr. Hans J. Morgenthau and dedicated to identifying, articulating, and helping to advance the national interests of the United States from a nonpartisan perspective within the framework of political realism. Dr. Pham has served as a member of the National Committee’s Board of Advisors since January 2006.

For the text of the review, click here.