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1 Sep 2011

The Defector’s Tale: Inside North Korea’s Secret Economy

The “Royal Court Economy,” begun as a stopgap as Soviet funding dried up, has grown into a hidden mechanism to keep the Kim dynasty in power.

27 Aug 2014

Yes, Russia Matters: Putin’s Guerrilla Strategy

Russia today is not as strong as the Soviet Union once was, but Vladimir Putin has used energy and financial leverage, along with propaganda, to snatch power from the jaws of weakness.
30 Jul 2013

The Syria Quagmire

The longer the war in Syria drags on, the more complex it gets, with an ever-expanding cast of players staking claims. Americans are right to see little hope in a US intervention.
28 Jun 2013

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.
31 Oct 2014

The Stubborn South: Why Seoul Needs to Mend Ties with Japan

While Tokyo bulks up against Chinese aggression, South Korea insists on prolonging historical grievances with the Japanese. It’s time for Seoul to put strategic interests first.
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.
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.
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.
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?
2 Jul 2015

What’s Left?: Social Democrats in Disarray

From its embrace of neoliberalism in the 1990s through its failures during the recession to the collapse of British Labor this spring, the European left is in desperate need of a new vision.

A New Focus: The Future of US Trade

With a second-term president looking to secure his legacy and a pro-trade majority anxious to show its ability to govern, the time is right for two new deals that reaffirm US global leadership.
18 Apr 2014

America’s Purpose and Role in a Changed World

What’s next for US foreign policy? Recalibration or retreat? Adjustment or withdrawal? All tough tasks, even in good times; harder still if the world thinks we’re not even up for the fight.
27 Dec 2011

The Next al-Qaeda? Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Future of Terrorism in South Asia

Lashkar-e-Taiba has morphed from a militia operating in Kashmir to a regional broker with designs on becoming the next global terror network.
2 Nov 2011

Flip-Flop War: Libya’s Punk Revolution

The fighters who toppled Qaddafi were poorly organized, but their victory could signal a new type of insurgency warfare.
6 Jun 2013

North Korea’s Legacy of Terrorism

The US once considered North Korea—guilty of dozens of foreign bombings and thousands of abductions—a terrorism sponsor. The listing lapsed, but the horrendous behavior never did.
17 Jun 2014

Editor’s Introduction

that “engagement” will continue to be the preferred lever used by the US government ...

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.
18 Apr 2014

America’s Purpose and Role in a Changed World

Those worried about the apparent decline of the US as a superpower and a force for good in the world seem not to notice that the American Empire is alive and well—and not always benign.
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.
16 Jul 2015

Washington Post Contributor Promotes Group that ‘Freed’ 9/11 Recruiter

In a recent op-ed, Labib Al Nahhas of Ahrar al-Sham put forward his organization as a moderate Mideast player. Yet only two years ago the Syrian jihadist group helped free a 9/11 recruiter.
27 Aug 2014

China’s Third Era: The End of Reform, Growth, and Stability

After Mao and Deng Xiaoping, the People’s Republic of China has now entered its third era, a period to be marked by economic decline, political turbulence, and external belligerence.
18 Apr 2014

America’s Purpose and Role in a Changed World

The lessons of the last ten years are quite simple: Even a major superpower has to base its policies on a broader alliance, not just for military purposes but also for political and moral ones.
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 2015

Europe’s Vulnerable Trains

Last September the Islamic State threatened the West, but the EU still needs to improve security for trains and stations, where security is far more lax and the public more vulnerable.
27 Aug 2014

Strange Bedfellows: Putin and Europe’s Far Right

If Europe’s far-right, pro-Russia parties gain in upcoming national elections, the EU may divide further and find it very difficult to deter Russian aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere.
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.
29 Dec 2013

Dispatch from Mogadishu: A Visit to Somalia’s Parliament

After years of instability, Somalia is struggling to build a government. The speaker of Parliament is not unlike a traffic cop at a particularly dangerous and sometimes violent intersection.
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.
30 Aug 2013

Cyber Kleptomaniacs: Why China Steals Our Secrets

President Obama has declared that proliferation and state supported cyber espionage are the leading points of contention with Beijing. But does Beijing need to steal secrets to compete?
23 Jan 2010

Who Doesn't Get It?

like arrogance, but its root is ideology, an ideology that explains ...

27 Aug 2014

All Politics Are Local: Crimea Explained

Seen as a means to distract from Russia’s growing economic woes and rally public support for the Kremlin, the annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine begin to make sense.
26 Feb 2014

Abe’s Gambit: Japan Reorients Its Defense Posture

As China pairs its growing naval power with hostile rhetoric and fleet maneuvers, Japan’s Abe government is poised to respond by rebuilding and expanding the country’s modest defense forces.
1 Jan 2011

Spoiler Alert: What Syria's President Really Wants

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wants to play every one of his neighbors (not to mention the West) for all they're worth.
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.
6 Dec 2011

Documented: The WikiLeaks That Show Enhanced Interrogation Worked

Whether intentionally or not, the controversial website has provided ample evidence that enhanced interrogation directly aided the war on terror.
21 Jun 2012

Editor’s Introduction

they try to change for the better. This blind spot causes them to forget ...

2 Jul 2015

Time for a Rethink?: Libertarians and Foreign Policy

Libertarians must recognize that the world the US faces today is different from the one in which Thomas Jefferson called for peace, commerce, and no entangling alliances.
16 Jul 2015

Iran Is No ‘Strategic Ally’

The former British ambassador to the US has written that shifting interests in the Middle East make Iran a rising “strategic ally,” especially in the wake of the nuclear deal. He’s wrong.
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.
2 Jul 2015

From the Archive: Drunken Nation

Assessing Russia in 2009, Nicholas Eberstadt saw a land of demographic despair, personal defeat, and systemic failure. His essay is still a bracer for those who think Putinism will prevail.
26 Apr 2012

US-Pakistan Relations: Common and Clashing Interests

Washington and Islamabad’s ambiguous alliance is insufficient to manage their common and clashing interests. It’s time to fundamentally rethink the relationship, if it’s to endure.
1 Jan 2011

The Lessons of the Bin Laden Documents

“It will take time to study these documents, but the details released so far have upturned many assumptions Americans held about the state of the al-Qaeda network.”
24 May 2013

Russia Talks Peace, then Ships Missiles

Russia relives its Cold War days by clamping down on dissidents and playing global peacemaker while shipping missiles to dictators who brutalize their citizens.
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.
30 Apr 2015

Caught in the Middle: India, China, and Tibet

The border that separates India and China marks a tense and uncertain boundary between two giants—one communist, one democratic—with Tibet caught precariously in between.
26 Feb 2014

Isle of Light: A Look Back at the Boat People and the European Left

After the fall of South Vietnam, Paris’s antiwar left mobilized to condemn and partially remedy atrocities committed by the communist victors whose cause some had even championed.
15 Oct 2012

Obama’s Shortcomings in Syria

Administration officials have repeatedly said they did not want to “radicalize the conflict” in Syria, but Washington’s policies carry some of the blame for latest mounting tensions in the region.

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