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PHILIP TERZIAN has been a political and cultural journalist for nearly forty years. He has written and edited for the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion and the Times Literary Supplement. Since 2005, he has been Literary Editor of The Weekly Standard. He lives in Washington, D.C.
The United States is not a preternaturally inward-looking nation, and isolation is not the natural disposition of Americans. The real question is not whether Americans are prone to isolation or engagement, but how their engagement with the world has evolved, how events have made the United States a superpower, and how these developments have been guided by political leadership.