March/April 2012

As the grim realities of “the troubled European Union and the darkening Arab Spring” become undeniable, Walter Laqueur, one of the deans of foreign policy commentary in America, explores the ways in which wishful thinking and partial reporting of these events, disguised as analysis, has denied and distorted reality—leaving the public unprepared for unpleasant outcomes and policymakers ill equipped to affect them. Sadly, it’s not a new phenomenon, as Laqueur notes. Nor are the ideological themes that underpin the wishful thinking particularly novel. In some sense, Americans have always been innocents abroad. ... Read More

Canada’s Conservative Revolution

A robust, proactive foreign policy accompanied by fealty to a monarch and support for Israel at the UN might not sound very Canadian—but it is now.

Economy in Reverse Down Under

After a generation of economic reform, growth, and expansion, Australia’s current Labor-Green-Independent ruling coalition, and the Labor government that preceded it, may give new meaning to the expression “Down Under.”

NATO in the Coalition Age

In spite of an expanded and increasingly divergent membership, NATO has managed to remain unified and effective by deferring to ad hoc coalitions of the willing. Can it last?

Whither Putin’s Fascistoid State?

Can strongman Vladimir Putin's regime—blessed with oil and gas riches but fraught with cronyism and corruption—survive much longer?

Stability Is Paramount in Afghanistan

In a region defined by historic and violent divides, hostile intent, and nukes, the US and NATO have no viable alternative but to stay the course. 

Bahrain and the Battle for the Gulf

Bahrain has become the Arab Spring’s “failed” revolution, but for the Sunni Gulf states and Shiite Iran, it has been part of a larger and ongoing battle for regional control.

Is Mahan’s Naval Wisdom on the Wane?

Alfred Thayer Mahan’s naval theory helped shape US defense strategy in the American century, but that influence could be waning.

The Russo-Chinese Pipeline to Nowhere

The pipeline’s deadlocked negotiations are precisely what you’d expect after Russia’s corrupt, state-run monopoly forced borrowing from its future customer.

Why Islamists Won Egypt’s Elections

Flaws in the electoral structure aside, if various “liberal” factions cannot offer a coherent alternative in the future, the Islamists will be in power a long time.