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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

Editor’s Introduction

in 2009, to one hundred and twenty-eight thousand in 2011. And the elites ...

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.
28 Jun 2013

Islamic Terror: Decentralized, Franchised, Global

As President Obama scales back on the War on Terror, al-Qaeda and its mutations have decentralized and spread, and by now are poised to strike in unexpected places.
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.
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?
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.
4 Apr 2013

In Plain Sight: A Challenge and a Reply

Richard Royal wrote to us objecting to the representations made by Michael Weiss in his recent article about the Conservative Friends of Russia. We invited Mr. Royal to pen a rebuttal.
26 Apr 2012

Tehran Politics: Are the Mullahs Losing Their Grip?

Are divisions within Iran’s longstanding theocracy weakening the religious fundamentalists’ grip on power? And what might come next?
19 Jun 2013

Syria’s Endgame: Prospects Dim, Options Narrow

The revolution to remove Assad has metastasized into a grotesque sectarian war among the Sunni majority, the ruling Alawite minority, and a host of other uncertain players.
31 Oct 2012

A Tilt Toward China? Australia Reconsiders Its American Ties

Since its publication in August, Hugh White’s “The China Choice” has churned up a controversial debate in Australia about the rise of Chinese power in the region and the wisdom of continued US ties.
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.
28 Jun 2013

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.
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.
28 Jan 2013

North Korea’s Overlooked Atrocities

While global leaders remain fixated on North Korea's missile program and its growing capacity to launch an intercontinental nuclear attack, the Kim regime inflicts horrors on millions of its own people.
30 Dec 2012

The Last Liberal: The Legacy of Joe Lieberman

Some say Joe Lieberman turned his back on his fellow Democrats, but as the Connecticut senator retires, it seems, in retrospect, that American liberals changed, not him.
27 Feb 2013

Erdogan’s Grand Vision: Rise and Decline

Prime Minister Erdogan’s aspirations to restore Turkey’s national glory and to unify the Islamic world have been unhinged by rebellion in Syria and the region’s ferocious rivalries and inflexible dogma.
1 Jan 2011

The No-Show: Why Values Should Have Mattered in Iraq

The US took its blood and treasure to Iraq to topple a tyrant and build a democracy. But it forgot its most appealing asset, its liberal cultural values, allowing lesser forces to fill the void.
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.
30 May 2012

Russia’s Syria Win

The West has responded to the Houla massacre by continuing to press for Syrian “self-determination.” But what’s the point of self-determination if it is dictated by Moscow?
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 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 Jul 2010

Busted by the Trends: Inside a People-Smuggling Hot Spot

Journalist Gary Moore profiles a people-smuggling stop-over about sixty miles south of the U.S.-Mexican border. Not surprisingly, the people there have some strong thoughts about Arizona's new immigration law.
31 Oct 2012

Hedging Bets: Washington’s Pivot to India

The US-India partnership has expanded beyond “friendship” and trade to become “defining,” as China’s economic and military leverage looms larger in the region.
29 Apr 2013

Scotland’s Independence Bid: History, Prospects, Challenges

After generations of struggle, Scottish separatists will learn if the majority of their compatriots also want independence from Great Britain in next year’s referendum. It’s a complicated choice.

Historical Fiction: China’s South China Sea Claims

History, if anything, undermines China’s claims to islands and reefs in the South China Sea—for the simple reason that past empires and kingdoms never exercised sovereignty.
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 Dec 2008

Over Here: Iraq the Place vs. Iraq the Abstraction

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

1 Mar 2010

Unruly Clients: The Trouble with Allies

We just gave $7.5 billion to Pakistan and got ridiculed by the parliament, army chief, and former president. We give Yemen $121 million each year and the country remains a terrorist hotbed. What, exactly, have we bought into here?
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 Jul 2010

The Broken Link: What Peace Won't Fix

New Republic correspondent and World Affairs blogger James Kirchick argues against the folly of linkage—i.e., the assumption that fixing the peace process will somehow cure all of the Middle East's other ailments.
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.
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.
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.
30 Aug 2012

Tibet’s Transition: Will Washington Take a Stand?

Beijing sees the Dalai Lama succession as a way to seize more control in Tibet. Will the US help the country’s democracy in exile or remain focused on other concerns?
22 Dec 2011

Dear Julian: The WikiLeaks Tell-All That Doesn’t

Billed as a peek inside the strange world of WikiLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s memoir reads more like a swan song to the author’s beloved former boss, Julian Assange.
1 Jul 2011

The Police State Playbook: An Introduction

Dictators tend to be pretty unoriginal – maybe because they all use the same playbook.

30 Nov 2011

The Candidates and Foreign Policy

To the extent they focus on foreign affairs at all, the current GOP hopefuls differ greatly from their predecessors.
30 Dec 2012

Iran in the Balkans: A History and a Forecast

Iran’s largest diplomatic contingent in Europe resides in tiny Sarajevo. And the Islamist presence—including terror cells and training camps—continues to threaten the region, and the West.
31 Oct 2012

Judicial Reach: The Ever-Expanding European Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice’s rulings trump the laws of the individual EU states. Now, as its reach and ambitions expand, the union of this increasingly contentious family is further challenged.
1 Mar 2010

The Party's Over: China's Endgame

Despite the endless stream of stories touting China's dominance, the Communist Party in Beijing is hemorrhaging financially and politically—and probably won't last much longer as is.

The Back of Beyond: A Report from Zabul Province

Ann Marlowe reports from Zabul Province, Afghanistan, where coalition forces are struggling to stand up local police and militia.
27 Jun 2012

Bitter Harvest: China’s ‘Organ Donation’ Nightmare

China's Bo Xilai scandal has captured the world's attention since February—overshadowing even darker news: the apparent involvement of Chinese leaders in years of organ harvesting from political prisoners.
1 May 2011

Obama Abroad: Ambitious Realism

Critics frequently complain that President Obama lacks a coherent approach to foreign policy and that he extemporizes issue by issue. A former under secretary of state in the Clinton administration takes a closer look at the president’s response to major issues, however, and discovers a sound strategy that deftly mixes high ambition, caution, and pragmatism.
1 Jan 2011

Tanned and Rested: Vaclav Havel Marks His Return with ‘Leaving’

The Czech politician Vaclav Havel has played many roles—dissident, playwright, philosopher president. Now, as his former political director reports, the 74-year-old is making yet another comeback—as a filmmaker.
21 Jun 2012

Editor’s Introduction

shoots of the Arab Spring there. Full-scale war has not yet come ...

30 Aug 2012

America in Decline? It’s a Matter of Choices, Not Fate

America’s future could be bright or bleak, but for certain, it is anything but inevitable. Making the right choices now will set a steady course for the years to come.

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