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May/June 2012

Developments under way throughout a volatile Middle East are in fast-forward. An array of sharply conflicting interests and visions collide as the region lurches toward a new order that will have far-reaching consequences for democracy, modernity, and prosperity throughout the region—as well as security throughout the world. That much is apparent. But what that order will be, and how much more or less dangerous, violent, and bloody it will get—and who the eventual winners and losers will be—is anything but. ... Read More

Israel and Iran: The Grounds for an Israeli Attack

Given Washington’s current reluctance to use military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Western leaders should at least grant that Israeli action is justifiable.

Read Me If You Can: Censorship Today

Nick Cohen’s new book is a full-spirited, wide-ranging defense of free expression—and an unsparing attack on those who would impede it.

How Soviet Propaganda Worked

Trials in Prague and New York in 1952 show the extent of Soviet Cold War deception and hypocrisy—not to mention brutality.

The Tense Future of US-Pakistan Relations

Washington and Islamabad’s ambiguous alliance is insufficient to manage their common and clashing interests. It’s time to fundamentally rethink the relationship, if it’s to endure.

The Rise of the New Communists

Despite its intellectual celebrity, the new communism of Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, and their fellow travelers in Western universities offers nothing but a return to left-wing totalitarianism.

Germany and the Euro Crisis

The euro myth tells of the Continent’s profligate south and thrifty north, but many EU problems track back to Germany’s aggressive drive for economic dominance.

Is Spain the Next Greece?

Spain’s austerity efforts and fiscal reforms have produced hopeful but inconclusive results. With Europe’s highest rate of unemployment, Spain remains saddled by a staggering deficit, spiking crime, an unsettled population, and increasingly tense regional divides.

Are the Mullahs Losing Their Grip on Tehran?

Are divisions within Iran’s longstanding theocracy weakening the religious fundamentalists’ grip on power? And what might come next?

Assad’s Sectarian Card

Today’s major world conflicts—autocracy versus democracy; the West versus the China-Russia axis; Iran and its allies versus the US, Israel, and “moderate” Arab states—intersect and collide in Syria, where sectarianism’s ancient hatreds may well tip their outcomes.