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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.
5 Oct 2015

Détente Plus?: How Should the West Deal with Russia?

The problem with the “realist” approach advocated by Leslie Gelb and others is that it is filled with wishful thinking and contradictions that ignore the realities of Putin’s Russia.
29 Apr 2013

The Game Changer: Syria, Iran, and Kurdish Independence

The shifting fortunes of Middle Eastern politics have delivered Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan and the country’s Kurds to the brink of a lasting settlement.
5 Oct 2015

Facing the Past: In Defense of Ukraine’s New Laws

Critics of Ukraine’s de-Communization laws are wrong to say they will impede those trying to unearth the truth about the country’s past. To the contrary, they will finally make it possible.

Shattered Hopes: A Farewell to European Arms Control?

Even before the Ukraine crisis, European arms control was in trouble. Now, with the tensions raised, existing treaties could easily fail, without any effort made to renew or replace them.
30 Aug 2013

Getting Congo Right: Can the West Fix Past Failures?

After two decades of incoherent policies, millions have died in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Can a new Western-organized counterinsurgency force really bring resolution?
8 Jul 2015

The Impossible Dream: Obama, Israel, and Iran

In his new memoir, the former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren wryly compares himself to Don Quixote. But it is President Obama’s Middle East policies that are truly quixotic.
28 Oct 2013

The Silence of Surrender: 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.
17 Jun 2014

Women’s Rights in Colombia: Acid Attacks on the Rise

A recent spate of acid attacks has drawn attention to the plight of women in Colombia, where the law has yet to catch up with the violence of the country’s heavily patriarchal social system.

Venezuela’s Criminal Gangs: Warriors of Cultural Revolution

Compelling evidence makes it clear that Cuba is training Venezuelan gangs who intimidate and beat citizens to ensure that Venezuelan society remains “equal.”

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.
27 Aug 2014

European Disunion: Cameron, the EU, and the Scots

If the yeas have it on September 18th, David Cameron will be remembered as the prime minister who lost Scotland. He also faces the prospect of being the man who led Britain out of the EU.
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.
1 Mar 2010

Fearful Asymmetry: Reading the Goldstone Report

Despite its flaws, the Goldstone Report points up the fundamental contradiction between the needs of great powers and the demands of international law.
30 Aug 2013

Editor’s Introduction

this weighty piece of summer reading. We hope you’ll take it to the beach ...

26 Feb 2014

Orphaned by History: A Child Welfare Crisis in Romania

The Ceausescu regime fell more than two decades ago, but its grisly social-engineering projects have left behind scores of damaged Romanians and a culture of child welfare neglect.
30 Aug 2013

Misreading Iran’s Elections: Iranian Infighting and American Narcissism

President Rouhani might appear relatively reform-minded, but after three decades of disappointments by other Iranian “reformers,” outsiders should know better than to be optimistic.
28 Jun 2013

The UK Independence Party: Euroskeptics Rattle Cameron

Five years ago, UKIP was a single-issue fringe party opposing subordination to Brussels. Today, the EU relationship is a defining issue in Britain, one that Cameron no longer ignores.

US Missile Defense: Closing the Gap

With threats growing in North Korea, Iran, and elsewhere, the US must improve existing missile-defense capabilities in the near term with an eye to developing new technologies as well.
17 Jun 2014

Why ‘Reset’ Failed: Diplomacy with Rogues Rarely Works

The example of US-Russian relations today is a reminder that the history of diplomacy is littered with cases of the wishful and gullible being outwitted by the cunning and dishonest.
1 Jul 2010

Northern Exposure: Kurdistan After the Withdrawal

Just what will become of the Kurds after America leaves Iraq?
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.

20 Mar 2015

Netanyahu’s Win

The victory of Benjamin Netanyahu in Israeli elections this week will mean a stronger, more conservative government less likely to join the US in the peace process or talks with Iran.
29 Apr 2015

Japan PM Abe’s Visit to Washington—and California

Prime Minister Abe capped off his Washington visit with a historic address to Congress today, but his four-day visit to the West Coast could be equally critical to his agenda to rebrand Japan.
30 Apr 2015

Too Many Parties? Governing Britain after the Election

Separatist parties in the UK have so diminished the major ones that mild political chaos, the likes of which British politicians used to mock in places like Italy, could follow next week’s vote.
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.
28 Jun 2013

Change by Attrition: The Revolution Dies Hard

As the Castro dynasty grows poorer and more desperate, look for the regime to pretend to reform while retaining its totalitarian grip on the tropical island’s politics and economy.
30 Apr 2015

The New Containment: Undermining Democracy

As the West once used containment to halt the spread of communism, the world’s authoritarians now use it to curtail democracy in the hope of guarding their power and spoils.

Imperial Ambitions: Russia’s Military Buildup

Russian defense spending has increased significantly in the last decade—and shows no sign of slowing. The security of Europe requires more than sanctions and goodwill.
1 Jul 2010

The Ghost of Munich: America's Appeasement Complex

Cold War historians Fredrik Logevall and Kenneth Osgood tackle our country's most widely misused historical analogy.
28 Jun 2013

Kremlin Crooks: Putin’s ‘Patriotic’ Hypocrites

Soviet heavies were fond of chastising the West and punishing activists with alleged foreign ties, but at least they did so without Virgin Island bank accounts and luxury US property holdings.
27 Feb 2013

Asia’s Next Tigers? Burma, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka

Fifty years ago, Burma, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines seemed ready to boom economically. Yet takeoff never happened. Could they now be on the path of recovery and growth?
17 Mar 2015

Squaring Cuba's Terror Designation in the Circle of the Law

President Obama won’t be able to mend ties with Cuba until it’s removed from the State Department’s list of terrorism sponsors—a designation that has considerable evidence in its favor.
28 Feb 2012

Korea’s Third Kim: Will Anything Change?

Does North Korea's recent "food for nuclear agreement" deal suggest the latest Kim intends to reform the hermit kingdom? Unlikely.
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.
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 2011

Stealing the Vote: The Kremlin Fixes Another Election

As Russia’s parliamentary elections approach, the Putin regime is working
 hard to eliminate opposition before the December 4th vote even takes place.

2 Sep 2014

Bosnia's Divides, Still Unbridged

Two decades after the Bosnian War, ethnic divisions still dominate politics in a region where Vladimir Putin is subverting the West on a lesser-known front.
5 Jan 2015

Broken Peaces: The Israeli-Palestinian Hyperconflict

After twenty years of failed attempts, it is time to abandon the belief that a “local” agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians would pacify the region.
1 Mar 2015

The Ukraine Invasion: One Year Later

Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine is an assault on Western values, legitimacy, and security—not to mention world order. His victims deserve the West’s unambiguous support.
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.
1 Mar 2015

Let Iraq Die: A Case for Partition

The violence set off by the Islamic State has once again dispelled the myth of a unified Iraq. For those living there, and the outside powers hoping stability will prevail, division is the best option.
7 Feb 2014

Russia's Nationalists, the Other Threat in Sochi

While most focus on the Sochi terror threat coming from the North Caucasus region, Russia's extreme nationalists may be just as likely a source.
1 May 2011

Fatal Attraction: China's Strengthening Partnership with North Korea

The alliance between Beijing and Pyongyang has always been dysfunctional, but increasing Chinese clout in North Korea clouds the prospect of successful change in this failed state.
26 Jan 2015

The Reality and Myth of Ukrainian Neutrality

Recent Russian escalation in Ukraine shows that the Kremlin is still acting while the West is still reacting. The only thing that can change this dynamic is a strategic alliance with Kyiv.
13 Nov 2014

Putin the Unifier

Vladimir Putin’s aggression has established a sense of national identity and common purpose that has long eluded the people of Ukraine. It has also forged an anti-Russian consensus.
6 Mar 2015

The Downward Spiral of Putin’s Garrison State

The tightening grip of state control and corruption is transforming Russia into a garrison state whose elites are incapable of acknowledging truth or self-correction.
1 Mar 2015

Yesterday’s People: Taiwan Votes Against Beijing

In November Taiwan’s ruling party, the Kuomintang, suffered its worst defeat ever in an election that became a referendum on its long-held policies to integrate the island into China.
30 Aug 2012

The Future of Space: Trouble on the Final Frontier

Americans like to think space exploration is about science, not war, but China and Russia don't make the distinction—and the laws guiding militaries in space are sorely outdated.
5 Jan 2015

The Big Chill: The Battle for Central Europe

Those who see Vladimir Putin’s expansionism as a regional problem miss the point: the Kremlin’s strategic goal is to degrade transatlantic ties, not just dominate neighboring lands.