Guy F. Shroyer (UDC): Hegemony, Nationalism and Doxa: A Social Semiotic Analysis. The Yale Grand Strategy Seminar: Thomas Meaney and Stephen Wertheim review George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis, Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy During the Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis, and Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order by Charles Hill. In October 1962, Kennedy confronted both the Cuban missile crisis and a war between China and India; though Cuba got more attention then and now, that Asian crisis still holds valuable diplomatic lessons. The world that America built: A review essay on what a planet without US leadership would look like. Anne-Marie Slaughter on 21st century foreign policy. Failure is an option: Does history forecast disaster for the United States? No politician will admit that the United States is no longer number one, but other nations do a lot of things better — and we need to learn from them.