What It All Means WILLIAM H. McNEILL, William H. McNeill is Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Chicago. He was president of the American Historical Assn. in 1985 and the author of numerous books, including "Plagues and Peoples," "The Pursuit of Power" and "A History of the Human Community: 1500 to the Present."
The Conversation JOHN LUKACS, John Lukacs is the author of "A Thread of Years" and, most recently, "Five Days in London" (Yale University Press)
The Writing Life MARK LaFLAUR, Mark LaFlaur is a writer and editor living in New Orleans, where he is at work on a novel
The Sorrow and the Pity EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is the author of numerous books, including "The Hollow Years: France in the 1930s" and, most recently, "Apocalypses: Prophecies, Cults, and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages."
Tombstone Blues ALLEN BARRA, Allen Barra is the author of, most recently, "Inventing Wyatt Earp: His Life and Many Legends."
A Matter of Help, Not Rights Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a Los Angeles-based fellow at the New America Foundation
Assault on Federalism Swipes at Women Herman Schwartz, Herman Schwartz, a professor of constitutional law at American University, is the author of "Packing the Courts: The Conservatives' Campaign to Rewrite the Constitution."
Police Review Panel Is Independent, Diverse RICHARD E. DROOYAN and JEFFREY C. EGLASH, Richard E. Drooyan is general counsel of the Rampart Independent Review Panel. Jeffrey C. Eglash is the Los Angeles Police Commission's inspector general
The China Challenge Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America."
Why Fujimori Is So Hard to Beat Kimberly Theidon, Kimberly Theidon is a Hamburg fellow and Ponciano del Pino visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University. She was an independent observer in Peru for the Center