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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.

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.
1 Jan 2011

The Enemy We Need: Washington Courts a Repressive Uzbekistan—Again

Uzbekistan has one of the most repressive political systems in the world, but these days the country’s strongman Islam Karimov is back in Washington’s good graces.
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.
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.
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?
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.
24 Aug 2014

Las Bandas Criminales Venezolanas: Guerreros de la Revolución Cultural

posible resistencia, en junio de 2009 se prohibió la venta de armas a la ...

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.
30 Dec 2012

First Strike: US Cyber Warriors Seize the Offensive

The US has abandoned its previous dependence on defensive cyber strategies and has shifted into high gear with the aim of developing superior first-strike capacities.
13 Dec 2011

Are the Peasants Revolting? Occupy Wall Street’s Foreign Policy

Historically, class warfare has made itself both complicated and simplistic. In the words of one DC Occupier, “We’re not anarchists, we’re just using their tent.”
28 Feb 2012

It’s Not Just Al-Qaeda: Stability in the Most Dangerous Region

In a region defined by historic and violent divides, hostile intent, and nukes, the US and NATO have no viable alternative but to stay the course. 
1 Jul 2011

Persons of Interest: Britain Learns from Ex-Islamists

Two former extremists prove just how much the UK learns from its reformed enemies (and why the US should do the same).

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.
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.

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.
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.
17 Jun 2014

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.
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.
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.
1 Jan 2011

Anchors Away: American Sea Power in Dry Dock

After a decade of counterinsurgency warfare, it's hard to remember that America's global leadership used to be—and still is—based on its naval power. But that shouldn't excuse utterly neglecting it.
15 Jul 2013

China's Bid for Smithfield

A Chinese tycoon intends to purchase Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. Some Washington lawmakers are concerned—and others ought to be.

Absolute Fiction: The Perversion of Sovereignty

The idea that sovereignty does not confer upon the sovereign an absolute right to do as he wishes predates the 1990s. World War II, and above all the Holocaust, put an end to the principle of absolute sovereignty that had dominated political theory and practice since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 ...
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.
1 Sep 2009

Mullahs on the Verge: Iran's People, Iran's Pulpits

Despite the tension mounting between Iran's leaders and practically everyone else—at home and abroad—Abbas Milani argues that the West should address the problem with smart diplomacy, not smart bombs.
8 Sep 2013

It's Tony Abbott Time!

How an unlikely conservative leader won a crushing election victory Down Under.
1 May 2010

'A Cursed and Pernicious Seed': The Destruction of the Moriscos

In 1609, the Spanish decided it was time to get rid of the Muslim converts to Christianity who had been living among them for years. Fouad Ajami reviews a new history of the expulsion.
1 Sep 2009

American Brethren: Hebrews and Puritans

From the first Thanksgiving to The Scarlet Letter, the Puritans are well known to most Americans. But as Jim Sleeper reminds us, Cotton Mather and his tribe took more than one of their strokes from the ancient Hebrews—and the influence lives on.

The Cosmopolitan Tongue: The Universality of English

This century promises the death of most of the world's languages, but John McWhorter assures us we probably won't miss them.
15 Nov 2012

Europe's Baby Boxes & China's Coerced Abortions

An annual rate of seven million abortions—most of which are likely forced by the state—is just one of the horrors of China's ghastly one-child policy. Europe has a different problem.
24 Dec 2012

The Coming Surge of Cuban Refugees

A new Cuban law that allows its citizens to travel abroad will likely create a surge of travel—and political refugees—to the US. And Washington appears oblivious to the consequences.
29 Apr 2013

Lessons Learned: The Iraq Invasion

The US intervention in Iraq, as it was carried out, was a mistake. But that is only part of the lesson, and it would be erroneous to conclude that the case of Iraq makes all intervention mistaken.
20 Dec 2013

It’s Time to Aid North Korea’s Dissidents

As accounts of atrocities in North Korea’s heinous prison camps become impossible to ignore, the West must join with defector networks to bolster the resistance.
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

Freedom’s Untidy: Democracy Promotion and Its Discontents

The scale of the catastrophe in Iraq not only invites a long, hard stare at the wreckage but ignites the question of what to conclude.
1 May 2011

One for All, All for One: The Euro in Crisis

For more than six decades, Europe sought stability and peace through economic unity. Turns out, eurozone unity also means sharing the financial pain of the most reckless members. This unexpected consequence has caused murmuring in the European congregation. Can more determined oversight save the Union?
20 Mar 2013

Can the UN Stop Kim’s Human Rights Crimes?

The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea is only the latest to urge the body to take action against the regime’s widespread abuses and crimes. But will anything really be done?
28 Feb 2012

Pipeline to Nowhere: The Beijing-Moscow Dance Continues

The pipeline’s deadlocked negotiations are precisely what you’d expect after Russia’s corrupt, state-run monopoly forced borrowing from its future customer.
1 Dec 2008

Over Here: Iraq the Place vs. Iraq the Abstraction

concurrent examples from the summer of 2007 offer case studies. First, ...

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.
29 Dec 2013

The Alcatraz Gang: Eleven American POWs in Hanoi’s Notorious Camp

Alvin Townley’s book is the first to tell the story of the eleven American POWs who were dispatched to a dingy, secret prison camp in Hanoi to endure unspeakable torture for their defiance.

Fixing US Foreign Assistance: Cheaper, Smarter, Stronger

US aid has often been counterproductive to its goals in the last decade, just when America urgently needed a strong image abroad. Can it be fixed by returning to earlier development practices?
1 Mar 2010

Saviors & Sovereigns: The Rise and Fall of Humanitarianism

Let's face it: liberals and conservatives alike are running out of explanations for our role in the world.
1 Nov 2010

Shifting Sands: Why Peace Talks Might Just Work

Renewed peace talks have certainly drawn their share of skepticism, but veteran ABC News correspondent Robert Zelnick, who has just returned from a Mideast trip, reports that conditions are ripe for a successful deal.

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