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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.
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 Apr 2016

Ukraine's Needed Media Offensive

The Kremlin's efforts to undermine and subordinate Ukraine should be countered, in part, by viable English-language reporting from Ukraine and the West should support it.
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.
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.
8 Dec 2016

Invest in Tunisia with a Free Trade Agreement

The Tunisian government is working hard to combat the threat of terrorism, and the United States should support the moderate Arab state by setting up a free trade agreement.
19 Sep 2016

Editor's Introduction

R eaders of World Affairs ( WA ) know there is no shortage of danger or complexity in the challenges abroad that await the next American president. So, with the race to succeed President Obama entering its end game (and with the narrowing choices becoming ...

Terror Crossroads: On Europe’s Doorstep

The Balkan region, Kosovo and Bosnia in particular, has become a training ground, forward outpost, and launching pad for jihad across Europe.
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.
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.
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.
14 Dec 2016

The UK Adopts Modern Definition of Anti-Semitism

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced an updated definition of anti-Semitism that addresses unfair hostility toward the state of Israel. Hopefully Jeremy Corbyn’s staff gets the memo.
6 Dec 2016

Castro: Revolutionary or Tyrannical Demagogue?

The passing of Fidel Castro should be marked by tributes to those who lost their lives resisting his oppression and a recommit to a free and democratic Cuba.
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.
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.
20 Jan 2017

The New Arab–Israeli Alliance

The Sunni Arab world, unofficially led by Saudi Arabia, is quietly forging a de facto alliance with Israel against Iran. This new alliance has reduced the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an asterisk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1 Sep 2009

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.
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.
1 Jul 2011

The Police State Playbook: An Introduction

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

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 Sep 2009

Restraining Order: For Strategic Modesty

The world may still need a lot of help, but as Harvey Sapolsky and his colleagues argue, it's time that we divvy up some of the work among our allies.

Absolute Fiction: The Perversion of Sovereignty

The idea that sovereignty does not confer upon the sovereign an absolute right to do as he wishes predates the 1990s. World War II, and above all the Holocaust, put an end to the principle of absolute sovereignty that had dominated political theory and practice since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 ...
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.
1 Sep 2009

Spoilers: The End of the Peace Process

Elliott Abrams and Michael Singh show how the Middle East peace process has been fatally misguided—and what should be done to fix it.
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 Jun 2009

After The Fall: 1989, Twenty Years On

Joshua Muravchik reflects on the twentieth anniversary of 1989, a tumultuous and decisive year.
21 Jun 2012

Editor’s Introduction

if a Khartoum Spring is coming to Sudan. And Robert Saldin writes about wartime ...

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.
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.
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.
1 Dec 2009

Empty Nest: The Demise of a Species

In the run-up to the war in Iraq, liberal hawks were so close to neoconservative hawks that only an expert ornithologist could distinguish between the species. So, what has changed since then?

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