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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.
1 Jun 2008

Dear Mr. President ...

You will no doubt have been advised against adopting any view that seems or seeks to attribute all events to one single cause. But it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the absolutely central and consistent role played, in so many of our difficulties, by the People’s Republic of China ...
1 Mar 2009

Life On Venus: Europe’s Last Man

Is it true that Western Europeans, after half a century of peace and prosperity, suffer from the kind of moral malaise that Nietzsche warned about, and that Fukuyama and Kagan diagnosed?
1 Jun 2009

Obama’s Inheritance: Al-Qaeda in Retreat

In a widely noted speech in May, President Obama said George W. Bush’s national security policies created a mess. The president is wrong. President Obama actually inherited a very strong hand on national security issues.
1 Dec 2011

Uncontained: Obama’s Confused Iran Policy

Is Washington’s plan to “contain” Iran too little too late?
26 Feb 2014

Letter from Cuba: To Embargo or Not

Is the US embargo against Cuba a Cold War relic or an effective tool? A recent visit suggests that the Castro regime’s tyrannical imbecility still justifies continued sanctions.
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.
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.
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.
1 Mar 2008

Letter from the Editor: Spring 2008

I n the maiden issue of World Affairs , David Rieff, a writer of the center-left, and Andrew Bacevich, a writer (depending on the subject) either of the left or the right, advanced a fairly straightforward proposition—that, allowing for and acknowledging ...

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.
2 Jul 2015

Editor’s Introduction

to the victory of Syriza this past winter (an anomaly) and the more typical defeat ...

1 Jan 2011

The No-Show: Why Values Should Have Mattered in Iraq

The US took its blood and treasure to Iraq to topple a tyrant and build a democracy. But it forgot its most appealing asset, its liberal cultural values, allowing lesser forces to fill the void.
18 Apr 2014

Brazil’s Troubles: World Cup Runneth Over

When Brazil landed this summer’s World Cup seven years ago, its fortunes were on the up and its leaders intended to showcase their country’s growing importance. Things have not gone as planned.
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.
15 May 2014

Violence, Power, and Nuclear Putin

Hannah Arendt warned that nuclear weapons could distort politics precisely due to the kind of radical mismatch between power and capacity for violence we see in Putin’s Russia.
25 Jun 2014

Defeat ISIS, but Let Iraq Split

Everyone in the region has known for centuries that Iraq is not a single country, and the question of what will happen to Sunni Iraq in the face of ISIS aggression is now especially dire.
31 Oct 2014

A Sad State of Affairs: The Kerry Record

The secretary of state’s one-sided, wrong-headed, and ill-fated attempt to negotiate an Israel-Hamas deal this summer should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his track record.
2 Jul 2015

The Iran Delusion: A Primer for the Perplexed

So long as Tehran fuels violence in the Middle East’s most dangerous places, trading sanctions relief for weapons inspections will have no effect on the deeper threat Iran poses.
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.
1 Mar 2011

Yes, Nukes: The Global Zero Utopia

Back in the 1930s, the great powers thought it wise to declare war obsolete. Never mind that it still suited some nations just fine. Fast-forward seventy years and the same illusion stalks the globe again—this time over nuclear weapons.
17 Jun 2014

Inside Vladimir Putin’s Mind: Looking Back in Anger

Even if President Putin can show the Russian people inconsistencies in Western foreign policy, it hardly justifies his bizarre desire to remake their country as a new Byzantium.

Year Four: The Arab Spring Proved Everyone Wrong

Tunisia surprised the pessimists, just as Egypt devastated the optimists. Syria is on its way to becoming another Afghanistan, while Morocco holds some hope for slow reform.
5 Jan 2015

Russia and the Baltics: Once Friend, Now Foe

There was a brief moment when the independence of Baltic states had no greater allies than Russia and its leader. Nearly twenty-five years later, it has no greater enemy.
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.
18 Apr 2014

America’s Purpose and Role in a Changed World

One important question Americans face today is whether the retrenchment of President Obama’s foreign policy is a traditional correction after years of maximalism or something less healthy.
2 Jul 2014

Iraq: Who’s to Blame?

What Iraq needs now is leadership that will recognize the essential importance of accountability and properly represent the many grievances of its bitterly divided factions.
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.
18 Jan 2016

Slovakia’s Illiberal Future?

Though there are few immigrants in Slovakia, Prime Minister Robert Fico is manipulating the issue to distance himself, his party, and country from Europe's mainstream and western values.
19 Jun 2014

Iran, the New Force for Regional Stability?

Tehran’s mastery of regional geopolitics, coupled with reluctance in Washington, allowed the Assad regime to survive the Arab Spring. The same elements might be in play once again in Iraq.
29 Dec 2013

Beyond Snowden: An NSA Reality Check

Edward Snowden’s leaks have fixated the media and the public on privacy and espionage, but the larger and more complex debate on protecting American security in the 21st century has been wanting.
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

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 Sep 2010

Deja Vu All Over Again: Are We Repeating Vietnam?

Rufus Phillips watched Vietnam unfold from the beginning, serving there from 1954 to 1968. Now he's taking his perspective to Afghanistan, which he visited last year to aid with elections in Kabul.
16 Apr 2014

Hollande the Hawk? An Unlikely Ally Emerges

Despite his domestic troubles, President Hollande of France has built upon the robust foreign policy of his predecessor and even been a more committed global leader than Washington at times.
10 Jun 2011

Fool Me Twice: How the United States Lost Lebanon—Again

US failures in Lebanon in the '80s have always given heartburn to policy veterans. It hardly reassures that recent generations have not done much better.

26 Apr 2012

Lines in the Sand: Assad Plays the Sectarian Card

Today’s major world conflicts—autocracy versus democracy; the West versus the China-Russia axis; Iran and its allies versus the US, Israel, and “moderate” Arab states—intersect and collide in Syria, where sectarianism’s ancient hatreds may well tip their outcomes.
17 Jun 2014

Peter and Caesar: Is Pope Francis Shifting the Vatican’s Worldview?

As the first pope from outside of Europe in many years, Francis is less burdened by Vatican tradition—including the foreign policy legacy developed by his predecessors during the Cold War era.
30 Dec 2011

Daze of War: The Russia-Georgia Conflict on Film

Even the most hawkish Russia critic will spot the Georgian propaganda at work in Renny Harlin’s latest flick.
5 Jan 2015

Great Power Conflict: Will It Return?

The centennial of the Great War is a fitting time to remember that wars between great powers are not so easily consigned to the past, especially given the makeup of the world today.
30 Nov 2011

The Candidates and Foreign Policy

To the extent they focus on foreign affairs at all, the current GOP hopefuls differ greatly from their predecessors.
30 Aug 2013

Dispatch from Armenia: The Not So Frozen War

Some “little wars” deserve greater attention. The so-called frozen conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which is pushing Armenia closer to Iran, is one of them.
1 Jun 2009

After The Fall: 1989, Twenty Years On

Joshua Muravchik reflects on the twentieth anniversary of 1989, a tumultuous and decisive year.
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.
28 Oct 2013

No Exit: Why the US Can’t Leave the Middle East

Seeing only dim prospects in Egypt, Libya, and Syria, and recalling the wars of the last decade, most Americans understandably want to quit the Middle East. But that simply isn’t an option.
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.
18 Apr 2014

America’s Purpose and Role in a Changed World

How do young Americans, some of whom will one day be foreign policy leaders, see the world and the US role in it? Much of it has to do with a deep sense of America’s limitations abroad.
21 Nov 2014

Senator Calls For Strategy to Confront Putin

“Events in Ukraine are a direct challenge to the entire U.S.-led international order,” says US Senator Portman in a speech delivered to the Senate. The Ohio senator has called for significant military aid to Ukraine, stressing the importance of ongoing US support.
5 Oct 2015

‘Tragic’ Flaw: Russia and MH17

When applied to Russian aggression and obfuscation of international justice, the word “tragedy” lends an air of inevitability that seems to absolve wrongdoers of responsibility.

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