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5 Jan 2015

State of Mind: A Future Russia

Change will come to today’s nationalistic and conspiratorial Russia, but when, how, and what it will mean are yet unknown in a country whose leaders frequently boast of their nuclear arsenal.

Broken Peaces: The Israeli-Palestinian Hyperconflict

After twenty years of failed attempts, it is time to abandon the belief that a “local” agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians would pacify the region.

The Surrealism of Realism: Misreading the War in Ukraine

When Ukraine started grabbing headlines a year ago, more than a few scholars began writing as if they were experts on the country. Trouble is, they were merely self-serving realists.
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.
7 Oct 2014

Chechnya, Russia’s Forgotten War

The annexation of Crimea earlier this year shored up Vladimir Putin’s falling approval ratings, but the start of the Second Chechen War 15 years ago brought him to power in the first place.
29 Apr 2013

The Game Changer: Syria, Iran, and Kurdish Independence

The shifting fortunes of Middle Eastern politics have delivered Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan and the country’s Kurds to the brink of a lasting settlement.
11 Dec 2014

The Land of Magical Thinking: Inside Putin’s Russia

With the precision of a reporter and the wry wit of a modern novelist, Peter Pomerantsev in his new book lays bare the corruption and insanity (and more) that pervade Russia today.
1 May 2010

Letter from the Editor: May/June 2010

It is always 2005 or 2006, and it is always Iraq. The adrenaline of history? No. ...

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.
31 Oct 2014

The Stubborn South: Why Seoul Needs to Mend Ties with Japan

While Tokyo bulks up against Chinese aggression, South Korea insists on prolonging historical grievances with the Japanese. It’s time for Seoul to put strategic interests first.
1 Mar 2009

Zionism and Racism, Again: Durban II

U.S. participation in the United Nation’s Durban Review Conference on Racism, otherwise known as Durban II, would have been a fool’s errand.
27 Jun 2012

China and India Today: Diplomats Jostle, Militaries Prepare

The delicate and increasingly tense China-India rivalry is reflected in the countries’ military preparations, alliances, and diplomatic maneuvering with neighbors and world powers alike.
31 Oct 2014

Editor’s Introduction

The dark uncertainty that characterizes international affairs was (strange as it might seem) captured in a recent remark by Vice President Joe Biden, who observed that the world order we’ve known for nearly seventy years seems now to be “literally fraying at the seams.” We here at World Affairs feel that literal fraying, too. Yet we also believe that its continuation is not predetermined, which is why we’ve published an excerpt from Michael Zantovsky’s forthcoming Havel: A Life. Zantovsky (currently the Czech Republic’s ambassador to the Court of St. James’s) was a friend and comrade-in-arms of Vaclav Havel’s during the days when Charter 77 helped cause a different kind of fraying—of the loathsome fabric of the Soviet Union.
1 Nov 2010

The Broken Consensus: America's Contested Primacy

Former U.S. Ambassador Eric S. Edelman tackles anew the problem of America's place in the 21st century.
28 Feb 2012

Fascistoid Russia: Whither Putin’s Brittle Realm?

Can strongman Vladimir Putin's regime—blessed with oil and gas riches but fraught with cronyism and corruption—survive much longer?
27 Aug 2014

Collective Defense: Abe’s New Security Plan

In the face of Chinese territorial aggression and doubts about Washington’s security commitments, Prime Minister Abe of Japan is moving ahead with a controversial new defense policy.

Strange Bedfellows: Putin and Europe’s Far Right

If Europe’s far-right, pro-Russia parties gain in upcoming national elections, the EU may divide further and find it very difficult to deter Russian aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere.
1 Jan 2011

How Democracy Shouldn't Work

and Iraq, Christians with a pedigree going back to the earliest churches ...

26 Apr 2012

Israel and Iran: An Attack Might Be Necessary, but Not Yet

The US, Israel, and its allies cannot allow a nuclear Iran, but any military action should be US-led and only occur if all diplomatic, economic, and covert tactical options are exhausted.
31 Oct 2014

The Jew of Nations: The Global Demonization of Israel

A new book explores the many reasons why perceptions of Israel have shifted so dramatically over the years, turning the Jewish state from an underdog into a global villain.
31 Oct 2012

No Fear or Just Smug? South Korea’s Youth Dismiss the Northern Threat

North Korea’s threat has dominated life in the South for two generations. But South Korea’s youth now dismiss that threat—and say the US footprint should shrink.
27 Oct 2013

Forced Exodus: Christians in the Middle East

In Syria and other parts of the Middle East, militant Islamists have launched a purge of Arab Christians from cities and towns where they have flourished since the dawn of Christianity.
8 Nov 2011

After the Fall: What’s Next for Assad and Syria?

As the brutal Syrian president clings to his aging regime, a number of possibilities lie in store for the country.
27 Aug 2014

Jihad in the Balkans: The Next Generation

Militant Islamists have long had a presence in the Balkans, and many have now traveled to fight in Syria. What happens when they return, battle-hardened, with their European passports?
1 Sep 2011

The Value of Values: Soft Power Under Obama

The president’s treatment of crises in Iran, Russia, and Egypt suggests that
 while Obama may be for “soft power,” he’s not so sure about America’s moral authority to project it.

18 Apr 2014

Editor’s Introduction

of the US from Iraq, and the wretched civil war that has made Syria ...

31 Oct 2014

In Search of Allies: Vaclav Havel and the Expansion of NATO

Contrary to Kremlin spin, the expansion of NATO was a good thing. Europe is safer today because of it, just as Vaclav Havel, with the help of Bill Clinton and Lech Walesa, envisioned years ago.
17 Jun 2014

Putin’s Zugzwang: The Russia-Ukraine Standoff

Vladimir Putin has gotten himself into such a tight spot in Ukraine that the West and its allies must prepare for any possible outcome. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that Kyiv will be emboldened as well.
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

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.
17 Jun 2014

The Russians of Estonia: Twenty Years After

The Kremlin has vowed to defend Russians abroad, but that’s an unwelcome promise to many of the ethnic Russian living outside the country, including in neighboring Estonia.
27 Aug 2014

The Russia-China Gas Deal: Implications and Ramifications

Russia and China agreed to a thirty-year, $400 billion energy deal in May. The specifics remain murky, but it’s clear the neighboring powers have sealed a major, long-term partnership.

Yes, Russia Matters: Putin’s Guerrilla Strategy

Russia today is not as strong as the Soviet Union once was, but Vladimir Putin has used energy and financial leverage, along with propaganda, to snatch power from the jaws of weakness.
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.
28 Oct 2011

Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Security: Whither the IAEA?

The International Atomic Energy Agency has been caught flat-footed so many times in the last decade that its future effectiveness is in doubt.
29 Apr 2012

Defying a Dictator: Meet the Free Syrian Army

Despite limited weaponry, inadequate training, and weak central authority, Syria’s insurgent rebel groups seem authentic and determined. Will the West help them topple Assad?
27 Aug 2014

European Disunion: Cameron, the EU, and the Scots

If the yeas have it on September 18th, David Cameron will be remembered as the prime minister who lost Scotland. He also faces the prospect of being the man who led Britain out of the EU.
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.
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.
1 Mar 2009

Not So Huddled Masses: Multiculturalism and Foreign Policy

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, America has entered a new era of ethnicity and foreign policy, whose contours are only just now emerging.
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?
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.
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 Mar 2011

Leaked: What the Mideast Really Thinks of Iran

Thanks to WikiLeaks, it’s now abundantly clear that most Arab leaders want the US to end Iran’s nuclear program. So why do our realist-progressive pundits still think the threat is exaggerated?
17 Jun 2014

Venezuela’s Criminal Gangs: Warriors of Cultural Revolution

Compelling evidence makes it clear that Cuba is training Venezuelan gangs who intimidate and beat citizens to ensure that Venezuelan society remains “equal.”
3 Jan 2012

What Now? Saying Good-Bye to the Peace Process Illusion

After a tumultuous year in Israeli-Palestinian relations, it's time to admit that the "peace process" negotiation model has become a diplomatic delusion.
1 Jan 2010

The Call-Up: Conscription, Again

"Draft" is still a dirty word these days, but our country is definitely in need of one.
15 Dec 2011

War Babies: The Balkans’ New Lost Generation

Years after the tumultuous wars of the region, life in the Balkans remains complicated and tense—especially for the young.
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.
1 May 2011

Bunga Bunga No More: Berlusconi Takes a Bath

Despite meager accomplishments in office and a personal life that's wild even by Italian standards, Silvio Berlusconi has managed to hold onto voters. So can he weather a trial for sex with an underage prostitute?

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