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January/February 2014

It was eerie to enter Vietnam’s airspace for the first time this past October after entering it in my imagination many times since America was at war there so many years ago. I was cruising in the comfort of a well-appointed Vietnam Airlines Airbus cabin, attended by a pleasant and efficient crew. But I was thinking about another plane in another time—an A-6 Intruder attack jet flown by my father, Navy Commander Jerry Denton, who entered this same airspace on July 18, 1965, for what turned out to be a rendezvous with destiny. A Naval Academy grad, husband, and father of seven, he and his twenty-something navigator and copilot, Lieutenant Bill Tschudy, a husband and father of a young child he hardly knew, had launched from the deck of the USS Independence, stationed in the Tonkin Gulf off the coast of what was then North Vietnam. ... Read More

A Visit to Somalia’s Parliament

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Two-Speed Recovery: US vs. EU

Five years after the financial crisis, the American economy appears to be recovering while Europe remains stagnant. Some important—and overlooked—factors help explain the disparity.

The Kremlin’s Electoral Troubles

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China, Japan, Taiwan on Edge

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China’s Latin Connection

Having emerged as Brazil’s top trading partner this year, China appears poised to displace the traditional political and economic influence of the US and Europe in Latin America.

The Art of Diplomacy

Anxious to distract from negative economic news and political unrest, European countries like Spain, Greece, and Italy are making a push for cultural diplomacy in the United States.

How Likely Is Catalan Independence?

The last decade saw a leftward shift in Catalonia’s political scene (and Spain’s at large), bringing the region closer to an independence vote. But will Madrid ever accept such a bid?

Fixing US Foreign Assistance

US aid has often been counterproductive to its goals in the last decade, just when America urgently needed a strong image abroad. Can it be fixed by returning to earlier development practices?

The Alcatraz Gang

Alvin Townley’s book is the first to tell the story of the eleven American POWs who were dispatched to a dingy, secret prison camp in Hanoi to endure unspeakable torture for their defiance.