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17 Sep 2014

Belarusian Opposition Eyes Poland, Putin, Itself

For exiled opponents of Belarusian strongman Aleksandr Lukashenko, Warsaw has become a redoubt from which to criticize the regime—and warily follow the Ukraine crisis.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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science, not war, but China and Russia don't make the distinction—and the laws guiding militaries in space are sorely outdated.
31 Oct 2014

Dispatch from Vietnam: Will the US Foster a Natural Ally?

Nearly forty years after the war, most Vietnamese welcome friendly ties with America. With tensions mounting between Hanoi and Beijing, Vietnam is Washington’s to lose.

Beijing Inc?: The Chinese Aren’t Coming—They’re Here

The rise of Chinese investments in the US has Republicans and Democrats alike worried about the trend’s security and economic implications, not to mention Beijing’s long-term intentions.
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.
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.
26 Apr 2012

The Next Greece? A Sketch of Spain

Spain’s austerity efforts and fiscal reforms have produced hopeful but inconclusive results. With Europe’s highest rate of unemployment, Spain remains saddled by a staggering deficit, spiking crime, an unsettled population, and increasingly tense regional divides.
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.
31 Oct 2012

No Fear or Just Smug? South Korea’s Youth Dismiss the Northern Threat

North Korea’s threat has dominated life in the South for two generations. But South Korea’s youth now dismiss that threat—and say the US footprint should shrink.
30 Dec 2012

Death by Indifference: AIDS and Heroin Addiction in Russia

The 1990s saw a boom in Russian heroin users. Now the country has an epidemic rate of HIV infection, and few seem ready to acknowledge the problem, much less fix it.
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.
26 Apr 2012

Germany and the Euro Crisis: Is the Powerhouse Really So Pure?

The euro myth tells of the Continent’s profligate south and thrifty north, but many EU problems track back to Germany’s aggressive drive for economic dominance.
8 Dec 2011

The Autumn of the US-Russia Reset

A series of Russian transgressions on the international scene this fall all but close the book on Washington's "reset" with Moscow.
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.
4 Sep 2014

The Case for Berlin: Bringing Germany Back to the West

Germany’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a stark reminder that it has lost its strategic compass. If the West hopes to counter such aggression, Berlin’s foreign policy has to grow up.
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.
24 Aug 2014

Las Bandas Criminales Venezolanas: Guerreros de la Revolución Cultural

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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.
27 Jun 2012

Sudan on the Brink: A Khartoum Spring?

Sudan’s ruling party has survived war, internal division, and financial ruin. But it could soon face all of those again—along with student protests spurred by Arab Spring victories.
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.
29 Apr 2012

Defying a Dictator: Meet the Free Syrian Army

Despite limited weaponry, inadequate training, and weak central authority, Syria’s insurgent rebel groups seem authentic and determined. Will the West help them topple Assad?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 Jun 2014

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.

A Sanctions Primer: What Happens to the Targeted?

Despite Vladimir Putin’s cavalier dismissal of sanctions, the measures could well undermine his rule if ordinary citizens are burdened by efforts to target Putin’s crony and criminal gang.
1 Mar 2011

Strange Bedfellows: War and Minority Rights

War: What is it good for? Well, minority rights for one thing. America's overseas military operations have actually advanced domestic civil rights and liberties.
10 Mar 2014

Turkey on the Brink: Will Elections Undo Erdogan?

With his foreign policy in tatters and his domestic popularity weakened by corruption charges and attacks on critics, Prime Minister Erdogan could be headed for a major setback.
23 Jan 2014

Euromaidan: Ukraine’s Self-Organizing Revolution

Unlike the Orange Revolution of 2004, the ongoing Euromaidan protests seek long-term solutions for Ukraine, built not by any one leader but by individuals working at the grassroots level.
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?
31 Jan 2014

New Hope for Central African Republic?

The new interim president of the Central African Republic is said to favor reconciliation. Could her election, coupled with assistance from abroad, help to end a year of deeply divisive warfare?
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.
15 Dec 2011

War Babies: The Balkans’ New Lost Generation

Years after the tumultuous wars of the region, life in the Balkans remains complicated and tense—especially for the young.
18 Apr 2014

Kremlin Values: Putin’s Strategic Conservatism

Observers often accuse Vladimir Putin of practicing unscrupulous realpolitik, but in fact he has learned to exploit many conservative values the Soviets once tried to subvert around the world.
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.
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.
1 Mar 2011

Leaked: What the Mideast Really Thinks of Iran

Thanks to WikiLeaks, it’s now abundantly clear that most Arab leaders want the US to end Iran’s nuclear program. So why do our realist-progressive pundits still think the threat is exaggerated?
3 Jan 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

The number of genuinely liberal democracies to emerge soon in the Arab world is likely to be one or zero.
24 Aug 2012

Mocking Justice in Norway: The Breivik Trial Targets Contrarian Intellectuals

A Norwegian court recently sentenced Anders Breivik for his killing spree last summer—but also on trial were legitimate writers with politically incorrect views.
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.
3 Apr 2014

Withering Democracy in France

The National Front has once again stirred up alarm in French elections, but the real villain is an ailing political culture too mistrustful of markets to take on much-needed reforms.
27 Oct 2013

Erdogan’s Muse: The School of Necip Fazil Kisakurek

Protests in Turkey have laid bare Prime Minister Erdogan’s picture of his country’s past and his vision for the future, drawn in part from the writings of a poet with a penchant for authoritarianism.
3 Jan 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

Last year was not the first time Arabs called for change in the face of stubborn autocrats, but it was the first time their calls paid off—at least initially.
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.

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