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28 Oct 2011

Letter from the Editor

(and us) in no-tax pledges, rancid “fairness” rhetoric, and guaranteed ...

2 Jan 2013

Editor’s Introduction

efficiency in his update on the cyber warfare front, reporting that the US ...

1 Nov 2010

Facts Meet Freedom: On the Air in Afghanistan

The average American sees Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as a Cold War relic—if they even know it still exists at all. But as P. J. O'Rourke reports from Kabul, RFE/RL's Afghan service has become a vital part of that country's life and politics.
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 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).

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.
30 Aug 2013

Getting Congo Right: Can the West Fix Past Failures?

After two decades of incoherent policies, millions have died in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Can a new Western-organized counterinsurgency force really bring resolution?

Trials and Tribulations: Politics as Justice at the ICTY

Two billion dollars later, the ICTY shuts its doors after twenty-five years of arbitrary, uneven, and often hypocritical ‘justice’ for the Balkans. Self-justifying US foreign policy politics played a big role.
28 Feb 2012

Editor’s Introduction

been innocents abroad. And because none of us are immune to self-delusion, in our rush to justify our own worldviews—and the ideological ...

1 May 2014

Beyond Crimea: What Vladimir Putin Really Wants

As Vladimir Putin looks to gain further control of his neighbors, the West must revitalize its commitment to democracy via economic, moral, and security assistance.
29 Apr 2013

Lessons Learned: The Iraq Invasion

The US failed to collaborate with opposition forces inside Iraq before the invasion and thus blundered into an occupation of a country of which we knew little.
1 Jan 2010

Boxed In: The Constraints of U.S. Foreign Policy

As pundits around the world assess President Obama's first year in office, British journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft posits that there are some problems with U.S. foreign policy that transcend any one administration.
26 Feb 2014

Editor’s Introduction

a bonus essay by the Vietnamese writer Vo Van Ai that takes us back to Paris ...

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.
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.

Tokyo Ascending: Abe’s New Defense Strategy

Under Shinzo Abe’s careful leadership, Japan is demonstrating that the US-led deterrence system installed after World War II can respond effectively to Beijing’s mounting aggression.
1 Mar 2015

Lithuanian Energy Freedom: Will the US Help?

Lithuania has spent years freeing itself from Russia’s energy racket. All it needs now is a reliable, long-term supply of natural gas. The US should adjust its export limits and help.
26 Apr 2012

The New Communism: Resurrecting the Utopian Delusion

Despite its intellectual celebrity, the new communism of Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, and their fellow travelers in Western universities offers nothing but a return to left-wing totalitarianism.
1 Sep 2009

The Big Story: Our Embattled Media

News coverage of the Iraq War will be studied by future journalists and officers alike. ABC's Marcus Wilford offers an initial assessment of what worked—and what didn't.
20 Jan 2015

Are Russia’s Black Widows Spreading?

The recent suicide bombing in Istanbul was the first terrorist attack to be carried out by a Russian woman in Europe. The West should take note.
30 Aug 2013

Editor’s Introduction

terms of the West.” If not prescribing trust, Hakakian does want the US ...

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 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.
29 Dec 2013

Editor’s Introduction: In Hanoi, Going Forward and Backward

their strength was sufficiently renewed to resist again. One American aviator, US ...

30 Aug 2012

China’s Currency Manipulation: A Policy Debate

Beijing’s currency is not the villain it’s often made out to be, and America should start seeing its relationship with China as an opportunity rather than a threat.
30 Apr 2015

Editor’s Introduction

the world with deeds and cash, including in the US, while officially ...

29 Apr 2015

Japan PM Abe’s Visit to Washington—and California

Prime Minister Abe capped off his Washington visit with a historic address to Congress today, but his four-day visit to the West Coast could be equally critical to his agenda to rebrand Japan.
1 Sep 2009

Feeble Critiques: Capitalism's Petty Detractors

Last year's financial crisis has been touted as a cataclysm akin to the fall of Communism, but Jagdish Bhagwati argues that such comparisons exaggerate the problem—and free marketers need not apologize for liberal policies.
29 Jun 2015

The Curious Case of the Qatari Lawsuit

The Qatari royal family has filed a defamation suit against Florian Philippot, adviser to National Front leader Marine Le Pen. The affair has made for some curious bedfellows.
1 Mar 2010

War Games: Civil-Military Relations, c. 2030

Vietnam defined the officers who made the Pentagon what it is today. What might we expect from the young men and women coming up through the ranks right now?
29 Apr 2013

Lessons Learned: The Iraq Invasion

Americans are unlikely to learn anything from the Iraq War for one simple reason. Rather than subjecting the war to the critical scrutiny it deserves, they are keen to forget it.
27 Feb 2013

In Plain Sight: The Kremlin’s London Lobby

The London-based Conservative Friends of Russia flamed out as quickly as it flared up last year, but its crash exposed the Russian Embassy’s unseemly (and ongoing) effort to coddle Tory politicians.
24 Jun 2015

Weapons Pre-Positioning in Eastern Europe Inadequate to the Task

President Obama’s decision to pre-position heavy weaponry in Central and Eastern Europe is an important show of support, but the strategic benefits should not be overstated.
1 Jun 2008

Balancing Act: The Other Wilsonianism

In the wake of the Bush administration, what lies in store for the future of America's presence abroad?
1 May 2011

The Long Goodbye: The Future North Korea

North Korea remains painfully backward as its neighbors experience booming economies. But the Kim family dynasty’s grip on the country is loosening. That's why China and others in East Asia are planning for a North Korean future that involves painful and possibly chaotic change—and why the US needs to as well.
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.
31 Oct 2012

What Are They Thinking? A Study of Youth in Three Post-Soviet States

Nadia Diuk’s new book—a survey of youth in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan—is a must-read for those studying the former Soviet Union and youth movements fighting dictators around the globe.
23 Mar 2015

Editor’s Introduction

piece, Zygimantas Pavilionis, Lithuania’s ambassador to the US and Mexico, ...

28 Feb 2012

Reinventing Canada: Stephen Harper’s Conservative Revolution

A robust, proactive foreign policy accompanied by fealty to a monarch and support for Israel at the UN might not sound very Canadian—but it is now.
2 Jul 2015

Is It Good for the Jews?: Anti-Semitism and the New Europe

The problem is real enough, but the causes are harder to discover. At the very least, it’s time for Europeans to reassert their own secular liberal values in a positive, inclusive way.
1 May 2010

The Gray Zone: Defining Torture

After reviewing the arguments for and against torture, Barry Gewen concludes that—under certain circumstances—the likes of former Vice President Dick Cheney might just have a point.
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.
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.
1 Mar 2015

No Friends but the Mountains: The Fate of the Kurds

The last time the Middle East was in such disarray, the Ottoman Empire was collapsing and the Kurds were subjected to partition and atrocities. They deserve better this time.
30 Apr 2015

Houellebecq’s ‘Submission’: Islam and France’s Malaise

The French novelist Michel Houellebecq often gets labeled as an “Islamophobe,” but his new book seems to express far more anxiety about the French political establishment than Islam.
27 Feb 2013

The Origins of ‘Big Government’: FDR’s Welfare or Warfare?

Political historian James Sparrow’s persuasive new book argues that, contrary to traditional accounts, it was World War II, not the New Deal, that created today’s “big government.”
5 Jan 2015

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.

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