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July/August 2010

Almost three years ago, at Josh Muravchik’s suggestion, I called Lawrence Kaplan, then a senior editor at the New Republic, to ask if he might be interested in helping to reinvigorate and relaunch World Affairs. Founded in 1837, the journal had had a mostly distinguished hundred and seventy years of service in the battle of ideas advocating an internationally engaged America, committed to defending and expanding the borders of freedom. But, by the time Lawrence and I first met in July 2007, this once proud publication, like most of the forty struggling journals at Heldref Publications, had in the prior fifteen years or so suffered a sad, slow-motion decline into benign irrelevance. ... Read More

All Out: China Turns on the Charm

The Heritage Foundation's Helle C. Dale tells how the U.S. is struggling to keep up with China's massive promotional efforts around the world.

State of Play: How South Africa Became South Africa

Matthew Kaminski explores the misunderstood miracle that is South Africa after apartheid.

Spook Story: What Really Happened to Mossadeq?

Roya Hakakian reviews Darioush Bayandor's new history on the demise of Iran's beloved prime minister, which challenges the traditional narrative of an innocent postcolonial nation victimized by the CIA.

The Broken Link: What Peace Won't Fix

New Republic correspondent and World Affairs blogger James Kirchick argues against the folly of linkage—i.e., the assumption that fixing the peace process will somehow cure all of the Middle East's other ailments.

Greek Myths: The End of Europe's Free Ride

Vanity Fair's Judy Bachrach explains why Europe has been heading for this fall for years now—and why they'll just have to deal with it.

Smile and Smile: Turkey's Feel-Good Foreign Policy

What do you get when a country uses emotional truth rather than factual evidence to gauge reality? For starters, have you seen any of the headlines from Turkey this year?

Northern Exposure: Kurdistan After the Withdrawal

Just what will become of the Kurds after America leaves Iraq?

Dire Straits: Taking on Somali Pirates

Pirates thrive on political instability and geographic mobility—and eastern Africa offers both in spades. An expert in the field, Martin N. Murphy explains why Somali piracy is a threat to the West, and what we need to do to stop it.

Busted by the Trends: Inside a People-Smuggling Hot Spot

Journalist Gary Moore profiles a people-smuggling stop-over about sixty miles south of the U.S.-Mexican border. Not surprisingly, the people there have some strong thoughts about Arizona's new immigration law.