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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.
30 Aug 2013

Editor’s Introduction

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

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.
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.
18 Apr 2014

America’s Purpose and Role in a Changed World

The United States likes to think of itself as a reluctant warrior, but recent history has plenty of examples of why American leaders should pursue a more forceful and vigilant foreign policy.
27 Feb 2013

Editor’s Introduction

but genuine reforms, initiated top-down by Burma’s new president, Thein Sein, ...

26 Feb 2014

Editor’s Introduction

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

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.
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.
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 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 Oct 2013

The UN and Israel: A History of Discrimination

Some 120 non-aligned nations have used their UN clout to stigmatize and isolate Israel since the 1970s. Their hostility continues to threaten both the UN process and the Jewish state.
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.
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.
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 Oct 2013

Editor’s Introduction

and reason to enthusiastically support Libya and its new government ...

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1 Nov 2010

West Meets East: Two New Versions of the Cold War

The Cold War: Is it finally over? Walter Laqueur reviews two new histories of the epic struggle of the 20th century — one Western, one Russian.
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.

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.
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.
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.
8 Sep 2013

It's Tony Abbott Time!

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

Royal Pain: The British Republicans’ Waiting Game

Following the underwhelming Will-and-Kate nuptials, a monarchy-free future looks more possible.
29 Apr 2013

Fractured Continent: The Turmoil and Promise of Latin America

Latin America is divided between leftist authoritarian states and market democracies. The US should reset priorities to support the democratic vision to integrate the region into a free trade area.
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.
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?
14 May 2013

Farce: Iran Assumes Presidency of UN Disarmament Group

Iran, the world's premier proliferator and terror sponsor, will soon preside over the UN’s Conference on Disarmament — a move that further stretches the UN's credibility. Canada and the US protest.
30 Apr 2012

Editor’s Introduction

region whose soil has been salted by hatred. Although new hot spots appear ...

2 Jan 2013

Editor’s Introduction

helped to open a window into cyber warfare’s brave new world, complete ...

29 Apr 2013

Almost a Miracle: Encouraging Inclusive Growth in India

The blemish of human trafficking and bonded and child labor has marred India’s economic miracle. The US and multinational companies have a strong interest in being part of the solution.

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