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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.
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.”
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.
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.
28 Feb 2012

Reinventing Canada: Stephen Harper’s Conservative Revolution

A robust, proactive foreign policy accompanied by fealty to a monarch and support for Israel at the UN might not sound very Canadian—but it is now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
1 Sep 2009

The Big Story: Our Embattled Media

News coverage of the Iraq War will be studied by future journalists and officers alike. ABC's Marcus Wilford offers an initial assessment of what worked—and what didn't.
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.
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.
1 May 2011

The Long Goodbye: The Future North Korea

North Korea remains painfully backward as its neighbors experience booming economies. But the Kim family dynasty’s grip on the country is loosening. That's why China and others in East Asia are planning for a North Korean future that involves painful and possibly chaotic change—and why the US needs to as well.
1 Mar 2010

War Games: Civil-Military Relations, c. 2030

Vietnam defined the officers who made the Pentagon what it is today. What might we expect from the young men and women coming up through the ranks right now?
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.
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.
1 Oct 2014

South Korea's Domestic Politics Undermine Strategic Interests

South Korea's politicians score political points when attacking Japan for mistreating Koreans 70 years ago, but they do so at the expense of their current security interests and standing in the region.
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 Sep 2009

Feeble Critiques: Capitalism's Petty Detractors

Last year's financial crisis has been touted as a cataclysm akin to the fall of Communism, but Jagdish Bhagwati argues that such comparisons exaggerate the problem—and free marketers need not apologize for liberal policies.
17 Sep 2014

Belarusian Opposition Eyes Poland, Putin, Itself

For exiled opponents of Belarusian strongman Aleksandr Lukashenko, Warsaw has become a redoubt from which to criticize the regime—and warily follow the Ukraine crisis.
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.
3 Jul 2014

Can Hezbollah Sustain Assad and Itself?

With the fighting in Iraq drawing large numbers of skilled Shia militiamen back home, Hezbollah might be forced to send even more aid to the Assad regime, weakening security at home.
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 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.
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 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.
10 Apr 2014

The Shifting Health of Shaker Aamer

Gitmo prisoner Shaker Aamer has stirred up controversy again by his efforts to return to the UK rather than Saudi Arabia, but the manipulative leader may have cried wolf one time too many.
1 Jul 2014

NATO Should Buy French-built Warships

France is putting the finishing touches on two warships built for Putin’s Russia. If NATO were to buy or lease the ships instead, it would be a win-win-win for the Atlantic Alliance.
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.
3 Jun 2014

Hezbollah Threatened by Iran’s Financial Woes

Between its nuclear program and its support for the Assad regime in Syria, Iran is paying a high price for rogue behavior. And Hezbollah—its most dangerous proxy—is feeling the pinch.
2 Jul 2014

Iraq: Who’s to Blame?

What Iraq needs now is leadership that will recognize the essential importance of accountability and properly represent the many grievances of its bitterly divided factions.
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.
18 Apr 2014

America’s Purpose and Role in a Changed World

One important question Americans face today is whether the retrenchment of President Obama’s foreign policy is a traditional correction after years of maximalism or something less healthy.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
26 Feb 2014

Innovation in Taiwan: Will It Work?

Taiwan’s president says innovation will remedy his country’s stagnant economy. But a culture of conformity and manufacturing dependent on others’ designs could stand in the way.
17 Jun 2014

Peter and Caesar: Is Pope Francis Shifting the Vatican’s Worldview?

As the first pope from outside of Europe in many years, Francis is less burdened by Vatican tradition—including the foreign policy legacy developed by his predecessors during the Cold War era.
24 Aug 2014

Las Bandas Criminales Venezolanas: Guerreros de la Revolución Cultural

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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.

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