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11 Jan 2015

Editor’s Introduction

story of the Arab Spring. Alexander Motyl warns readers not to be fooled ...

31 Dec 2014

Democracy: Four Reasons to Be Optimistic in 2015

2014 was a bleak year for the development of democracy around the world, but history has shown we are often blind to the democratic possibilities unfolding amidst the turmoil.
28 Oct 2011

The Oslo Legacy: Goodbye to All That

Now that yet another US president has failed to bring Israel and the Palestinians closer to a settlement, it’s time to abandon the outmoded Oslo negotiation model.
1 Mar 2011

Nervous Neighbors: China Finds a Sphere of Influence

ASEAN encourages the sovereignty of its members. That’s probably why China can exploit it so easily. It’s also probably why its members want to hedge Beijing with closer US ties — ties Washington is all to happy to grant.
27 Aug 2014

Dancing with Dictators: General Jaruzelski’s Revisionists

Poland’s decision to give a state funeral to its last communist dictator symbolizes the ambivalence that still clouds the country’s, and by extension Eastern Europe’s, democratic consolidation.
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.
28 Feb 2013

What North Africa Wants to Hear from John Kerry

Western countries can help North Africa's long term democratic and economic prospects by trusting that region's citizens will hold their elected leaders accountable in future elections, and not play favorites in the near term.
30 Aug 2012

The Sufis’ Choice: Egypt’s Political Wild Card

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has gained power, but the traditionally apolitical Sufis have also mobilized. They represent a wild card amid the chaos of Egyptian politics today.
1 Jul 2010

Spook Story: What Really Happened to Mossadeq?

Roya Hakakian reviews Darioush Bayandor's new history on the demise of Iran's beloved prime minister, which challenges the traditional narrative of an innocent postcolonial nation victimized by the CIA.
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.
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.
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.
27 Jun 2012

Entitled to Fail: Inside Italy’s Downward Spiral

As the haze of Silvio Berlusconi’s long tenure begins to clear, it’s obvious that Italy will pay dearly for years of undervaluing private companies’ role in the national economy.
5 Jan 2015

The Hong Kong Moment: Trouble on China’s Periphery

Beijing’s decision to dictate election rules in Hong Kong that favor its preferred candidates has awakened and electrified a democracy movement that had long been silent.
1 Sep 2010

The Real Reset: Moscow Refights the Cold War

Washington thinks it's gotten a fresh start with Moscow. In fact, our old adversary has merely fallen back into its old Cold War habits.
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.
27 Feb 2013

China’s Looming Crisis: Daunting Troubles Mount

China’s slowing growth, increasing unemployment, legendary corruption, overcrowding, and vast wealth disparity have spiked social unrest and spooked elites, who are leaving with their billions.
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.
12 Sep 2014

Putin Attacks the West's Soft Underbelly

According to Tocqueville, democratic countries have trouble fathoming how un-democratic countries truly operate. Vladimir Putin has crafted his Ukraine policy to capitalize on this weakness.
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.
24 Mar 2014

Russia's Most Wanted Terrorist Reported Killed

Doku Umarov, who led the Chechen separatist movement and was at the center of various attacks on Russia, is dead. But the Islamist insurgency has expanded and may be looking west.
17 Jun 2014

Editor’s Introduction

is the panacea Washington, with a naïveté that springs eternal, believes it is. ...

27 Aug 2014

Jihad in the Balkans: The Next Generation

Militant Islamists have long had a presence in the Balkans, and many have now traveled to fight in Syria. What happens when they return, battle-hardened, with their European passports?
28 Feb 2012

Fascistoid Russia: Whither Putin’s Brittle Realm?

Can strongman Vladimir Putin's regime—blessed with oil and gas riches but fraught with cronyism and corruption—survive much longer?
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.
27 Jun 2012

China and India Today: Diplomats Jostle, Militaries Prepare

The delicate and increasingly tense China-India rivalry is reflected in the countries’ military preparations, alliances, and diplomatic maneuvering with neighbors and world powers alike.
5 Jan 2015

State of Mind: A Future Russia

Change will come to today’s nationalistic and conspiratorial Russia, but when, how, and what it will mean are yet unknown in a country whose leaders frequently boast of their nuclear arsenal.
30 Dec 2012

Money Pit: The Monstrous Failure of US Aid to Afghanistan

The US has spent $100 billion in nonmilitary funds to rebuild Afghanistan. Yet, after a decade of mind-bending mismanagement and unaccountability, it seems all for naught.
3 Jan 2012

What Now? Saying Good-Bye to the Peace Process Illusion

After a tumultuous year in Israeli-Palestinian relations, it's time to admit that the "peace process" negotiation model has become a diplomatic delusion.
16 Apr 2014

The Uncertainty of Freedom, and the Freedom of Uncertainty

Questions about law and freedom have haunted societies for centuries, and as past thinkers have concluded, self-limitation seems to be essential to living in a world that prizes both.
1 Nov 2010

Shadow Wars: Debating Cyber 'Disarmament'

No less a figure than President Obama has now acknowledged the existence of Web-based warfare. So shouldn't there be cyber war treaties? NPR's Tom Gjelten explores the often nebulous world of cyber 'disarmament.'
11 Dec 2014

The Land of Magical Thinking: Inside Putin’s Russia

With the precision of a reporter and the wry wit of a modern novelist, Peter Pomerantsev in his new book lays bare the corruption and insanity (and more) that pervade Russia today.
1 Dec 2008

Letter from the Editor: Winter 2008

readers to perils and opportunities abroad. Looking ahead, the spring issue ...

31 Oct 2012

India and Pakistan’s Afghan Endgames: What Lies Ahead?

India and Pakistan have each had designs on Afghanistan for years. With an American drawdown on the horizon, both countries are now posturing to compete for influence.
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.

Energy Remapped: Yesterday’s Winners, Tomorrow’s Losers?

The unprecedented and unpredicted shifts taking place in the world’s energy market will have geopolitical consequences unimaginable a decade ago.
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.
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.
31 Aug 2011

Toward a Smarter Power: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric

The Obama administration is right to increase the civilian role in foreign 
policy, but its “smart power” efforts should be smarter than they are.

1 Jan 2011

No Man's Land: The Mystery of Mexico's Drug Wars

What do two gangland massacres in a Mexican no-man's-land say about the country's nebulous world of narco politics and warfare? Gary Moore reports from the outlaw's roost Cerro Prieto, a.k.a. Dark Hill.
30 Aug 2012

Russia’s Local Elections: Politics in Spite of Putin

Protests and parliamentary elections in Russia loosened the Kremlin’s grip on power last winter—and the upcoming gubernatorial elections may accelerate the trend.
1 May 2010

Hacker Nation: China's Cyber Assault

The Chinese government's recent hacking spate might be news to Americans, but Falun Gong and other dissidents have been dealing for years with the menace of the Communist Party's growing technological prowess.
31 Oct 2014

The Jew of Nations: The Global 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.
1 Jul 2011

Iggy Pops: The Michael Ignatieff Experiment

The celebrity intellectual decamped from Harvard to join Canada’s political fray in what was supposed to be a sure rise to the top. What went wrong?

3 Jan 2012

Man On A Mission: Bill Browder vs. the Kremlin

After the Kremlin tortured and murdered one of his lawyers for investigating government corruption, Bill Browder began a global campaign to bring justice to Sergei Magnitsky's killers.
1 Nov 2010

Saying the Unsayable: Revisiting International Censorship

Freedom House's Arch Puddington and Christopher Walker review the innovative ways that oppressive governments, shady moguls, and other actors strong-arm journalists and NGOs into not publicizing politically sensitive information.
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.
26 Feb 2014

Enter Asia: The Arctic Heats Up

New members on the Arctic Council like China, India, and other Asian countries underscore the rush to secure energy and mineral resources and shorter trade routes.
27 Aug 2014

Unamerican?: The Fate of Deported Non-Citizen Criminals

Having served their time, they would now be free—were they citizens. Instead they were deported to their parents’ homeland, to live in limbo in essentially a foreign country.
17 Jun 2014

Putin’s Zugzwang: The Russia-Ukraine Standoff

Vladimir Putin has gotten himself into such a tight spot in Ukraine that the West and its allies must prepare for any possible outcome. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that Kyiv will be emboldened as well.

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