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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.”
30 Aug 2013

Pope Francis: Resurrecting Catholicism’s Image?

Pope Francis’s early moves indicate that the first non-European heir to St. Peter’s throne intends to reorient the Church’s style, substance, and priorities. Catholicism’s image may well benefit.

Misreading Iran’s Elections: Iranian Infighting and American Narcissism

President Rouhani might appear relatively reform-minded, but after three decades of disappointments by other Iranian “reformers,” outsiders should know better than to be optimistic.
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.

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.
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.
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.
30 Oct 2012

Europe's Foolish Austerity

Despite the negative ripple effects austerity measures have on economies, the European Union is still relying on such policies as it enters its third year of debt crisis.
31 Dec 2011

Syria’s Regime Involved in the Damascus Bombings?

Last Friday’s “suicide bombing” of government buildings in Syria is looking more and more suspicious with each passing day.
29 Apr 2013

Kim Renews Nuclear Attack Bluster

North Korea needs international life support aid again. So, once again, North Korea waves sabers and calls for death.
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.
16 Aug 2011

News Hole: The ICG's Deeply Flawed Syria Report

The International Crisis Group’s latest report on Syria relies almost exclusively on the testimony of Syrian regime figures and its Western apologists, dressed up as “independent” sources.
1 Sep 2011

Last Man Standing: Is America Fading in the New Middle East?

As US alliances and resolve in the region grow weaker, what role will America play in the new Middle East?

30 Aug 2013

Editor’s Introduction

believes that the new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, will likely implement ...

26 Feb 2014

Editor’s Introduction

and expanding trade routes; the new, mutually cynical coziness between Russia ...

28 Oct 2013

The Silence of Surrender: Erdogan’s War on Independent Media

Prime Minister Erdogan’s successful campaign to cripple Turkey’s top media mogul illustrates the government’s determination to subvert free expression and dissent.
21 Jun 2012

Greece: A Vote for the Euro!—or Maybe Not …

If this weeks’ Greek elections were a referendum on the euro, it’s by no means obvious that the euro won.
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.
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 Jul 2011

Continental Divide: Immigration and the New European Right

Right-wing politics in Europe aren't as reactionary as they've been made out to be.

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?
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.'
28 Jun 2013

Millions More Squandered by USAID in Afghanistan

After a steady stream of audits lambasting USAID for failures in Afghanistan, a new report says the agency let a Virginia-based NGO waste millions more on foolish projects there.
29 Dec 2013

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?

Conflicting Claims: China, Japan, Taiwan on Edge

China’s aggressive territorial claims in the South China Sea are similar to those made in the East China Sea—and have entangled China, Japan, and Taiwan in an intractable and tense standoff.
28 Jun 2013

Change by Attrition: The Revolution Dies Hard

As the Castro dynasty grows poorer and more desperate, look for the regime to pretend to reform while retaining its totalitarian grip on the tropical island’s politics and economy.
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.
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.
28 Oct 2013

No Exit: Why the US Can’t Leave the Middle East

Seeing only dim prospects in Egypt, Libya, and Syria, and recalling the wars of the last decade, most Americans understandably want to quit the Middle East. But that simply isn’t an option.
26 Feb 2014

Orphaned by History: A Child Welfare Crisis in Romania

The Ceausescu regime fell more than two decades ago, but its grisly social-engineering projects have left behind scores of damaged Romanians and a culture of child welfare neglect.
1 Mar 2011

The New Imperialism: China in Angola

Angola has known exploitation before, but China’s efforts there have no equal in recent memory. Under a corrupt president, the country has become a massive construction site — but everyday Angolans remain hopeless and empty-handed.
28 Jun 2013

Australia’s Next Prime Minister? An Interview with Tony Abbott

Conservative Tony Abbott has gotten the attention of Australia’s political elite and, with his ruling opponents in disarray, appears well positioned to win September’s election. How would he govern?

The Illusion of Cuban Reform: Castro Strikes Out

The “reforms” Raúl Castro announced after taking over from his brother Fidel are as comical as they are tragic—a mixed bag of dumb ideas, self-dealing, and more of the same old repression.
27 Oct 2013

Rights in Russia: Navalny and the Opposition

Vladimir Putin’s regime no longer bothers to varnish its relentless campaign to silence dissent, as evidenced by the brazen Soviet-era show trials and tactics used against Aleksei Navalny and others.
30 Aug 2013

Mexochism: Mexico Is Likely to Disappoint, Again

Unlike much of Latin America, which has experienced impressive growth in recent years, Mexico has floundered, due mostly to one-party dominance by the PRI, even while it was briefly out of power.

Tensions in Tehran: Iran’s Mullahs vs. the Revolutionary Guards

Iran’s presidential elections sometimes look democratic but they’re best understood as a mafia-style competition between the regime’s most powerful blocs, the mullahs and the Revolutionary Guards.
29 Dec 2013

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

of American prisoners. Alvin Townley’s gripping new book Defiant , reviewed ...

Politics in Russia: The Kremlin’s Troubles

Before the Moscow mayoral election, Aleksei Navalny was a rising star in Russia’s fragmented opposition. By the time it was over, he had in effect become its leader. The Kremlin’s plan has gone awry.
17 Jan 2013

Rich Regime, Impoverished Children in Laos

Nearly half of impoverished Laos’s children are stunted due to malnutrition. NGOs are doing their part, but the country’s corrupt leaders seem more interested in a dam project to line their own pockets.
8 Sep 2013

It's Tony Abbott Time!

How an unlikely conservative leader won a crushing election victory Down Under.
29 Apr 2013

The Perils of Development: Afghanistan’s Threatened Treasures

The protection of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage is vital to rehabilitating the nation’s resilience and confidence. But a government deal with a Chinese firm is putting at least one site at risk.
1 Mar 2011

Still Here: The Case of British Catholics

In Britain the number of Anglican faithful is in decline, but British Catholics are a growing force in the country's religion and politics.
30 Aug 2013

Justice Squandered: Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal

The UN’s incompetent attempt to bring former Khmer Rouge officials to justice has, after ten years and $209 million spent, convicted just one member of Pol Pot’s killing machine.
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?
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.
16 Aug 2013

Why the Brotherhood Failed

After alienating allies and clumsily targeting enemies, the Muslim Brotherhood met its demise after just a year in office, as did Washington’s already weakened influence in Cairo.
1 Sep 2011

Stealing the Vote: The Kremlin Fixes Another Election

As Russia’s parliamentary elections approach, the Putin regime is working
 hard to eliminate opposition before the December 4th vote even takes place.

29 Apr 2013

Pollution in China: The Business of Bad Air

China’s pollution crisis made headlines earlier this year, but some have found a silver lining to the smog. Bad air has become good business, creating demand for products big and small.
26 Apr 2012

Read Me If You Can: Censorship Today

Nick Cohen’s new book is a full-spirited, wide-ranging defense of free expression—and an unsparing attack on those who would impede it.
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?

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