Jeffrey A. Engel

For Jeffrey A. Engel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Dec 21, 2009

Legacy of '89 digressed from the U.S. script

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the relatively nonviolent overthrow of communism throughout Central and Eastern Europe, optimists predicted a new golden age of a world filled with peaceful democracies. History, for some, seemed to have ...

Commentary / World Nov 1, 2009

Personifying 'evil' makes war so much easier

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Equating war with individual evil has become ubiquitous — if not universal — in contemporary international politics. Wars are fights against evil tyrants and the illegitimate governments they control. Such rhetoric makes wars easier to justify, easier to wage, and easier ...