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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 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 Mar 2015

The Ukraine Invasion: One Year Later

Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine is an assault on Western values, legitimacy, and security—not to mention world order. His victims deserve the West’s unambiguous support.
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.”
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.
5 Jan 2015

Barbarians at the Gates: A Postcard from Erbil

The people of Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, find themselves precariously perched at the crossroads of history once again, wary of local enemies and foreign friends alike.
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.
17 Jun 2014

Tougher Sanctions Now: Putin’s Delusional Quest for Empire

In light of Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine and contempt for the international community, it’s time for Washington to lead an effort to impose sanctions that will actually punish Putin’s regime.
28 Jun 2013

Making the Bomb: Pakistan’s Nuclear Journey

Retired General Feroz Khan’s account of Pakistan’s nuclear program is an important insider’s history, focusing on culture and individual personalities as well as politics and technical challenges.
19 Dec 2014

Securing Peace Instead of Rewarding Expansion

More than 100 German-speaking experts on Eastern Europe have signed an appeal for a reality-based, and not illusions-guided, Russia policy.
12 Sep 2014

Putin Attacks the West's Soft Underbelly

According to Tocqueville, democratic countries have trouble fathoming how un-democratic countries truly operate. Vladimir Putin has crafted his Ukraine policy to capitalize on this weakness.
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

The Ghost of Munich: America's Appeasement Complex

Cold War historians Fredrik Logevall and Kenneth Osgood tackle our country's most widely misused historical analogy.
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.
31 Oct 2012

The Kurds’ Evolving Strategy: The Struggle Goes Political in Turkey

While Turkey fights the Kurdish rebels with weapons and in court, the Kurdish guerrillas have added a new weapon to their arsenal—a savvy political capacity with domestic and international reach.
1 Mar 2009

Tarnished Brass: Is the U.S. Military Profession in Decline?

Quietly, fitfully, but progressively, American military professionalism is eroding, argues Richard H. Kohn, the nation’s preeminent scholar of civil-military relations.
26 Jan 2015

The Reality and Myth of Ukrainian Neutrality

Recent Russian escalation in Ukraine shows that the Kremlin is still acting while the West is still reacting. The only thing that can change this dynamic is a strategic alliance with Kyiv.
13 Nov 2014

Putin the Unifier

Vladimir Putin’s aggression has established a sense of national identity and common purpose that has long eluded the people of Ukraine. It has also forged an anti-Russian consensus.
1 Mar 2015

Yesterday’s People: Taiwan Votes Against Beijing

In November Taiwan’s ruling party, the Kuomintang, suffered its worst defeat ever in an election that became a referendum on its long-held policies to integrate the island into China.
18 Apr 2014

America’s Purpose and Role in a Changed World

America’s image has suffered, but it still represents opportunity to many overseas. No other country is as attractive to migrants, and the US should work to maintain that reputation.
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.
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.
29 Dec 2013

China’s Latin Connection: Eclipsing the US?

Having emerged as Brazil’s top trading partner this year, China appears poised to displace the traditional political and economic influence of the US and Europe in Latin America.
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.
21 May 2010

Preventing World War II

And the sanctions that the US plans to introduce before the Security Council ...

10 Mar 2014

Turkey on the Brink: Will Elections Undo Erdogan?

With his foreign policy in tatters and his domestic popularity weakened by corruption charges and attacks on critics, Prime Minister Erdogan could be headed for a major setback.
18 Apr 2014

Brazil’s Troubles: World Cup Runneth Over

When Brazil landed this summer’s World Cup seven years ago, its fortunes were on the up and its leaders intended to showcase their country’s growing importance. Things have not gone as planned.
29 Apr 2013

Lessons Learned: The Iraq Invasion

Americans seem to have learned very little from the Iraq invasion—not least neoconservatives, who have yet to seriously reconsider their support for military intervention abroad.

Lessons Learned: The Iraq Invasion

One of the central lessons of the Iraq War is that regime change necessitates nation building, a process that is hardly automatic no matter how quickly a despot may be deposed.
27 Aug 2014

Unamerican?: The Fate of Deported Non-Citizen Criminals

Having served their time, they would now be free—were they citizens. Instead they were deported to their parents’ homeland, to live in limbo in essentially a foreign country.
2 Sep 2014

World Affairs Statement on the Murder of Journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS

Steven Sotloff was a contributor to World Affairs. He was a courageous and dedicated journalist. President Obama must rally the world’s civilized nations to condemn and end ISIS’s reign of terror. A statement from the publisher/editor of World Affairs.
29 Jul 2014

Terror and Politics in Tunisia

Tunisians are coming to terms with the homegrown terrorists who threaten their fragile democracy. Will this recognition prompt a much-needed national reconciliation process?
17 Jun 2014

A Sanctions Primer: What Happens to the Targeted?

Despite Vladimir Putin’s cavalier dismissal of sanctions, the measures could well undermine his rule if ordinary citizens are burdened by efforts to target Putin’s crony and criminal gang.
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.
24 Mar 2014

Russia's Most Wanted Terrorist Reported Killed

Doku Umarov, who led the Chechen separatist movement and was at the center of various attacks on Russia, is dead. But the Islamist insurgency has expanded and may be looking west.
28 Oct 2011

The Assassins’ Trail: Unraveling the Mykonos Killings

In her painstaking new book, Roya Hakakian recounts the Tehran-backed 1992 assassination of Iranian exiles in Berlin—and the legal and diplomatic complications it spawned.
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.
25 Sep 2014

Did the West Provoke Putin? Apologists and Facts

As Putin attacks Ukraine, stalks other unfortunate neighbors, and undermines global order, his apologists in the West rewrite history to excuse the Kremlin's aggression.
1 Jul 2011

Bin Laden’s Demise: Death of a Salesman

The threat of terrorism may never go away, but America continues to best its greatest terrorist adversaries.

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.
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.

1 Jan 2010
6 Sep 2012

Keeping the Onus on Ennahda

The Islamist party seemed moderate while winning its plurality in Tunisia's parliament, but recent incidents show that the West must still pressure Ennahda to truly abandon its extremist past.
29 Apr 2013

Behind the Curtain: Stalin’s Plan Almost Worked

In “Iron Curtain,” Anne Applebaum shows how Stalin’s cold-blooded plan to subordinate Central and Eastern Europe was implemented through treachery, blackmail, and murder.
31 Oct 2012

Breaking from Baghdad: Kurdish Autonomy vs. Maliki’s Manipulation

Given their historical grievances and more recent political warring with Baghdad’s manipulative Maliki government, the Kurds cast a long shadow over the future of a unified Iraq.
1 Sep 2011

Ten Years Later

“There is now strong bipartisan support for the idea that aiding people fighting for democracy abroad serves the US national interest. The fact that this support exists at a time of sharp partisan division here at home is worthy of note.”

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