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27 Oct 2013

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.
1 Mar 2015

Bully in the Baltics: The Kremlin’s Provocations

While the Baltic states built up their defenses after the Cold War to fortify themselves against Russia, Sweden adapted massive military cuts that could now leave the entire region vulnerable.
1 Jun 2009

Dear Mr. President ... On Pirates

Lately, you’ve appeared to be a bit worried, tense, even bewildered. You need a way to relax and lighten up. You need a problem that’s not so darned grim, abstruse, and conundrum-packed. You need pirates.
17 Jun 2014

Tougher Sanctions Now: Putin’s Delusional Quest for Empire

In light of Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine and contempt for the international community, it’s time for Washington to lead an effort to impose sanctions that will actually punish Putin’s regime.
1 Mar 2009

Not So Huddled Masses: Multiculturalism and Foreign Policy

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, America has entered a new era of ethnicity and foreign policy, whose contours are only just now emerging.

Freedom’s Untidy: Democracy Promotion and Its Discontents

The scale of the catastrophe in Iraq not only invites a long, hard stare at the wreckage but ignites the question of what to conclude.
27 Aug 2014

The Russia-China Gas Deal: Implications and Ramifications

Russia and China agreed to a thirty-year, $400 billion energy deal in May. The specifics remain murky, but it’s clear the neighboring powers have sealed a major, long-term partnership.
1 Sep 2011

The Value of Values: Soft Power Under Obama

The president’s treatment of crises in Iran, Russia, and Egypt suggests that
 while Obama may be for “soft power,” he’s not so sure about America’s moral authority to project it.

30 Dec 2015

The Pas de Deux in Burma

Both the process leading to Burma's recent elections and the actual results give reason to be hopeful that Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein can advance reforms further.
7 Oct 2014

Chechnya, Russia’s Forgotten War

The annexation of Crimea earlier this year shored up Vladimir Putin’s falling approval ratings, but the start of the Second Chechen War 15 years ago brought him to power in the first place.
10 Feb 2016

The Ukraine Example: Nuclear Disarmament Doesn’t Pay

Washington’s failure to fulfill its explicit security assurances in exchange for Ukraine dismantling its nuclear arsenal has greatly undermined US credibility and global nonproliferation.
30 Apr 2015

The Saudi Connection: Wahhabism and Global Jihad

Ties between the House of Saud and Wahhabism have been around longer than the US itself, and Riyadh has a history of promoting extremism even as Saudi leaders denounce it.
8 Nov 2011

After the Fall: What’s Next for Assad and Syria?

As the brutal Syrian president clings to his aging regime, a number of possibilities lie in store for the country.
1 May 2014

Beyond Crimea: What Vladimir Putin Really Wants

As Vladimir Putin looks to gain further control of his neighbors, the West must revitalize its commitment to democracy via economic, moral, and security assistance.
5 Oct 2015

Whose Pope?: Francis and Cuba

The “liberal” pontiff might not be thinking of his church’s affinity for monarchs and dictators when he visits Havana, but the irony is not lost on the people of Cuba.
3 Aug 2016

The Balkans: Backsliding, Bankrupt, and Vulnerable

In the wake of the West's endless pursuit of quick fixes, the Balkan countries are backsliding, bankrupt, or somewhere in between. And western 'investments' have provided meager returns.
14 Jul 2016

Iran and Oman: Burgeoning Allies

Oman—often called the Switzerland of the Gulf—is strengthening ties with Iran in a way that will likely strain the Gulf region's alignments and politics.
29 Aug 2016

Nepal a Surprising Focal Point for the Global Movement for Democracy

Though the international community pays little attention to Nepal, it’s worth noting how the resilience of the country’s democracy movement is a beacon of hope and its activists are an example to others.
1 Jun 2009

Not The End Of The World: Misreading the Cuban Missile Crisis

Assessing Michael Dobbs's One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War.
27 Aug 2014

As the World Turns: Will the West Prevail?

After the Cold War, some thought peace and new technology would turn the world into a global village. In reality, it’s full of failed states and emerging powers hostile to the West.
10 Feb 2016

Not Even Past: Bravado Meets Reality in Brazil

Having attached itself to China’s fortunes, Brazil’s emerging economy is now in a major tailspin that reveals the country’s deep social fissures and underlying economic weaknesses.
30 Apr 2015

In the Ranks: Making Sense of Military Morale

Morale in America’s fighting forces might not be as poor as many think, but problems do still exist, and solving them might turn out to be harder than is commonly believed.
5 Oct 2015

Greek Politics: Economic Crisis or Crisis of Democracy?

Energized by the country’s economic crisis, Greece’s political extremes are violently rocking the cradle of democracy and threatening its longstanding political order.
31 Oct 2014

Barbarism 2014: On Religious Cleansing by Islamists

Christians and others are being savaged by a gruesome campaign of beheadings, kidnappings, torture, and forced marriages across the Islamic world.
1 Jun 2009

The Dark Side of Tolerance: British Anti-Semitism

The specter of anti-Semitism is stalking Britain. It is guilt-free and unrestrained by historical literacy. According to a recent survey, many British children believe Auschwitz is a brand of beer.
30 Dec 2012

Strange Bedfellows: China’s Middle Eastern Inroads

Who landed the billion-dollar bid for Algeria’s Grand Mosque project? An Algerian firm? A regional firm? No, a state-owned Chinese company. The deal is just one of China’s controversial Mideast ties.
8 Jul 2016

Staying in Afghanistan

Obama’s decision to slow down the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan through 2017 should prevent gains by the Taliban and continue to strengthen the National Unity Government.
30 Aug 2013

Justice Squandered: Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal

The UN’s incompetent attempt to bring former Khmer Rouge officials to justice has, after ten years and $209 million spent, convicted just one member of Pol Pot’s killing machine.
5 Jan 2015

North Africa: Beyond Jihadist Radicalization

In the two years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia’s security situation disintegrated disastrously. Problems persist, but in the field and at the polls Tunisia has made significant progress against jihadists.
31 May 2016

Western Paralysis and Retreat Threatens Democratic Progress

Democratic reversals of recent years have been somewhat offset by gains in Argentina, Burma, Nigeria, and Tunisia, but continued gains will require leadership from a dispirited West.
10 Feb 2016

Merah: The ‘Untold Story’ of a French Jihadist Icon

Like so many other French jihadists, Mohamed Merah, the killer who filmed his savage murder of three Jewish children and a teacher, started as a petty criminal with an “endless” rap sheet.
1 Sep 2009

Talibanistan: The Talibs at Home

If you think the Talibs aren't the rainmakers in AfPak these days, try to collect a measly debt—much less win a war—without them. Our correspondent did. (And he still hasn't heard from Western Union.)
15 Jul 2013

China's Bid for Smithfield

A Chinese tycoon intends to purchase Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. Some Washington lawmakers are concerned—and others ought to be.
30 Aug 2012

The Coming Collapse: Authoritarians in China and Russia Face an Endgame

Russia and China—either (or both) could collapse soon. Yet neither the president nor his challenger seem alert to, or prepared for, such a possibility.
5 Oct 2015

The Trouble with Turkey: Erdogan, ISIS, and the Kurds

The Turkish government’s entrenched opposition to the Kurds in Syria has led it into a bizarre symbiosis with the Islamic State, one that the US and its allies should have no part of.

A Path to the Sea: China’s Pakistan Plan

Dwarfing recent US aid and foreign investment, the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor could be a game-changer for the region, and even make Beijing a two-ocean power.
1 Jun 2009

Trapped by History: France and Its Jews

David Bell of Johns Hopkins University traces the new French anti-Semitism and finds that it's not so new at all.

Freedom Train: A Tour of 1989

Congressman David Dreier reflects on the twentieth anniversary of 1989, a tumultuous and decisive year.
10 Feb 2016

After the Shake-Up: Rhetoric vs. Reform in Sri Lanka

The window for Washington to walk back some of its soaring rhetoric about Sri Lanka and instead focus on helping push the country toward real change is quickly closing.
30 Apr 2015

Houellebecq’s ‘Submission’: Islam and France’s Malaise

The French novelist Michel Houellebecq often gets labeled as an “Islamophobe,” but his new book seems to express far more anxiety about the French political establishment than Islam.
1 Sep 2009

Dear Mr. President . . . Read Your Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was the voice of British imperialism. Perhaps President Obama should read a few of his poems, lest he forget how well things went in Afghanistan 100 years ago.

The Big Story: Our Embattled Media

News coverage of the Iraq War will be studied by future journalists and officers alike. ABC's Marcus Wilford offers an initial assessment of what worked—and what didn't.
1 Jul 2011

The Police State Playbook: An Introduction

Dictators tend to be pretty unoriginal – maybe because they all use the same playbook.

24 Feb 2016

Russia's Social Media vs. the Kremlin's Domestic Information War

Like their Soviet ancestors, the Kremlin has warped its citizens' worldview with a relentless information war. Can the propaganda be countered via Russia's social media platforms?
10 Feb 2016

Turning from the West: South Africa’s Ominous Pivot

Operating somewhat under the international radar, South Africa’s ruling ANC has shifted away from Nelson Mandela’s western orientation in favor of Beijing and Moscow.
2 Jul 2015

Continental Drift: Europe at a Crossroads

The future of the EU depends on its leaders adapting to harsh realities—such as the fact that the bigger and more integrated the union gets, the less appealing it seems to be to its citizens.
27 Feb 2013

Reality Check: The Hazards of Optimism

Two years after the Arab Spring, it’s clear that an optimism bias blinded US opinion and foreign policy makers to the complex realities in the Middle East.
3 Mar 2016

The Continuing Battle for Human Rights in Russia

In spite of the murder, intimidation, and other assaults on freedom in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, there are many who bravely and actively work for a better future. They mustn’t be ignored or forgotten.
30 Aug 2013

Tensions in Tehran: Iran’s Mullahs vs. the Revolutionary Guards

Iran’s presidential elections sometimes look democratic but they’re best understood as a mafia-style competition between the regime’s most powerful blocs, the mullahs and the Revolutionary Guards.

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