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November/December 2014

The dark uncertainty that characterizes international affairs was (strange as it might seem) captured in a recent remark by Vice President Joe Biden, who observed that the world order we’ve known for nearly seventy years seems now to be “literally fraying at the seams.” We here at World Affairs feel that literal fraying, too. Yet we also believe that its continuation is not predetermined, which is why we’ve published an excerpt from Michael Zantovsky’s forthcoming Havel: A Life. Zantovsky (currently the Czech Republic’s ambassador to the Court of St. James’s) was a friend and comrade-in-arms of Vaclav Havel’s during the days when Charter 77 helped cause a different kind of fraying—of the loathsome fabric of the Soviet Union. ... Read More

Islamists and Religious Cleansing

Christians and others are being savaged by a gruesome campaign of beheadings, kidnappings, torture, and forced marriages across the Islamic world.

Vaclav Havel and the Expansion of NATO

Contrary to Kremlin spin, the expansion of NATO was a good thing. Europe is safer today because of it, just as Vaclav Havel, with the help of Bill Clinton and Lech Walesa, envisioned years ago.

Dispatch from Vietnam

Nearly forty years after the war, most Vietnamese welcome friendly ties with America. With tensions mounting between Hanoi and Beijing, Vietnam is Washington’s to lose.

Hanoi’s Break with Beijing

Hanoi’s days of deference to China may be ending—and a new strategic alignment emerging—in the wake of increased tensions between over Beijing’s aggressive maritime claims.

Beijing Inc?

The rise of Chinese investments in the US has Republicans and Democrats alike worried about the trend’s security and economic implications, not to mention Beijing’s long-term intentions.

Why South Korea Needs Japan

While Tokyo bulks up against Chinese aggression, South Korea insists on prolonging historical grievances with the Japanese. It’s time for Seoul to put strategic interests first.

The Demonization of Israel

A new book explores the many reasons why perceptions of Israel have shifted so dramatically over the years, turning the Jewish state from an underdog into a global villain.

The Case for Berlin

Germany’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a stark reminder that it has lost its strategic compass. If the West hopes to counter such aggression, Berlin’s foreign policy has to grow up.