November/December 2013

As we see Iraq and Afghanistan more and more in our rearview mirror, it’s no wonder that the American people and their representatives in Congress are eager to hit the accelerator. Although the history of these troubled countries and of the impact America has had on their future is still being written, the first draft is not a pleasant read. From the earliest days, our presence there has been stained by an inadequate grasp of the facts and realities on the ground—a failing that has led to costly miscalculation, backtracking, and lost treasure. It’s a record that doesn’t inspire confidence that we’ll do much better if we venture into other lands remote to the values and the social, cultural, political, and historical reference points that guide our way of life. ... Read More

Buddhist Terror in Burma

What began as a nationalist movement in Burma in the 1990s has morphed into an anti-Muslim bigotry and terror campaign being waged by zealots within the country’s Buddhist majority.

How the UN Became Anti-Israel

Some 120 non-aligned nations have used their UN clout to stigmatize and isolate Israel since the 1970s. Their hostility continues to threaten both the UN process and the Jewish state.

Erdogan’s War on Independent Media

Prime Minister Erdogan’s successful campaign to cripple Turkey’s top media mogul illustrates the government’s determination to subvert free expression and dissent.

In Defense of the NSA

While many Americans applaud Edward Snowden’s leaks, many have also unwisely discounted the essential role that intelligence plays in the nation’s security, as well as the perils of such leaks.

Mideast Christians Under Siege

In Syria and other parts of the Middle East, militant Islamists have launched a purge of Arab Christians from cities and towns where they have flourished since the dawn of Christianity.

Rights in Russia: Navalny and the Opposition

Vladimir Putin’s regime no longer bothers to varnish its relentless campaign to silence dissent, as evidenced by the brazen Soviet-era show trials and tactics used against Aleksei Navalny and others.

Erdogan’s Muse

Protests in Turkey have laid bare Prime Minister Erdogan’s picture of his country’s past and his vision for the future, drawn in part from the writings of a poet with a penchant for authoritarianism.

A Call for Arab Reconciliation

Toxic divides will deny North Africa’s post-revolutionary states of political, social, and economic progress until national reconciliation unburdens the people of their victimhood and vindictiveness.