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27 Feb 2013

A Taste of Freedom: Burma’s Guarded Optimism

Burma’s new leaders have introduced genuine but tentative reforms that have sparked a new optimism among the youth and a level of public discourse unthinkable only a year ago.

Reality Check: The Hazards of Optimism

Two years after the Arab Spring, it’s clear that an optimism bias blinded US opinion and foreign policy makers to the complex realities in the Middle East.
28 Jun 2013

The UK Independence Party: Euroskeptics Rattle Cameron

Five years ago, UKIP was a single-issue fringe party opposing subordination to Brussels. Today, the EU relationship is a defining issue in Britain, one that Cameron no longer ignores.

Northern Promises: Will Canada Make It as an Energy Superpower?

Canada’s energy prospects are a trendy topic for politicians and pundits, but the reality is more complicated. While the future is still bright, the coming boom could be a bust in disguise.
24 May 2013

Russia Talks Peace, then Ships Missiles

Russia relives its Cold War days by clamping down on dissidents and playing global peacemaker while shipping missiles to dictators who brutalize their citizens.
2 Jan 2013

Editor’s Introduction

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

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.
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

Dueling Narratives: Storytelling and Spin in Georgia

Was Georgia’s post-election transfer of power last year a democratic transition or a regime collapse? US policymakers who deny the obvious to cover past errors risk damaging bilateral ties.

Dispatch from Armenia: The Not So Frozen War

Some “little wars” deserve greater attention. The so-called frozen conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which is pushing Armenia closer to Iran, is one of them.
28 Jun 2013

Terror Data: US vs. UK

There’s no single counterterrorism solution, but recent studies of more than a decade of attacks in the US and the UK might reveal patterns that will aid law enforcement going forward.
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.
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.
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.

Lessons Learned: The Iraq Invasion

While Iraqis may have been unprepared to manage affairs of state after Hussein’s removal, it would have been preferable for Iraqis to make governing mistakes, rather than American occupiers.
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.
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.
15 Apr 2013

Aid Syrian Rebels after Assad Falls

Syria’s Nusra Front and al-Qaeda in Iraq have merged, making it likely that US and EU aid to anti-Assad rebels will inadvertently strengthen Sunni terror groups in the Syrian–al-Qaeda civil war to come.
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.
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.

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.
30 Apr 2012

Editor’s Introduction

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

5 Apr 2013

China’s Other Environmental Problems

When it comes to environmental destruction in China, recent headlines about air pollution in major cities tell only part of the story.
28 Jun 2013

Editor’s Introduction

Franchised, Global.” In this insightful essay, the former New York Times ...

29 Apr 2013

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 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.
31 Oct 2012

Editor’s Introduction

affair, the growing reach of the European Court of Justice, and a new book ...

29 Apr 2013

Lessons Learned: The Iraq Invasion

The US intervention in Iraq, as it was carried out, was a mistake. But that is only part of the lesson, and it would be erroneous to conclude that the case of Iraq makes all intervention mistaken.
1 Sep 2011

Royal Pain: The British Republicans’ Waiting Game

Following the underwhelming Will-and-Kate nuptials, a monarchy-free future looks more possible.
28 Nov 2012

A Gaza Postmortem

After the Gaza cease-fire, the US-Israeli relationship looks stronger, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority look weaker, and Egypt remains an unknown quantity.
6 Mar 2013

The UN's Human Rights Credibility Gap on Syria

The UN moved last week to reappoint Syria—the same government it accuses of war crimes—to oversee a special human rights post. Is the UN intentionally trying to discredit itself?
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.
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.
28 Jun 2013

The Forgotten Genocide: North Korea’s Prison State

The Kim regime’s crimes against the North Korean people are tantamount to genocide and crimes against humanity—and linked to Pyongyang’s militarism in ways other nations can no longer ignore.
27 Feb 2013

Cuba’s Health-Care Diplomacy: The Business of Humanitarianism

Cuba’s regime might look like a relic of the Cold War, but one of its longstanding programs—outsourcing health-care professionals to other countries—remains alive and well.
6 Feb 2013

Confronting Morsi's Blind Spot

Egyptian President Morsi vigorously condemns what he considers Jewish-instigated violence. But is Morsi blind to violence within his own religion?
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.
26 Apr 2012

The Next Greece? A Sketch of Spain

Spain’s austerity efforts and fiscal reforms have produced hopeful but inconclusive results. With Europe’s highest rate of unemployment, Spain remains saddled by a staggering deficit, spiking crime, an unsettled population, and increasingly tense regional divides.
30 Dec 2012

Bibi’s Bomb: The Iranian Threat Is No Joke

Perhaps Benjamin Netanyahu’s cartoon bomb at the UN was a trifle silly, but there’s no laughing off the very real prospects for an Iranian nuclear weapon and how the reigning mullahs will use it.
31 Aug 2011

Toward a Smarter Power: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric

The Obama administration is right to increase the civilian role in foreign 
policy, but its “smart power” efforts should be smarter than they are.

30 Dec 2012

Death by Indifference: AIDS and Heroin Addiction in Russia

The 1990s saw a boom in Russian heroin users. Now the country has an epidemic rate of HIV infection, and few seem ready to acknowledge the problem, much less fix it.
29 Apr 2013

Lessons Learned: The Iraq Invasion

The lessons of the Iraq War now pass as conventional wisdom, but the intervention-averse policies of the Obama administration in Syria suggest the wrong lessons have been learned.

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.
30 Aug 2012

The Coming Collapse: Authoritarians in China and Russia Face an Endgame

Russia and China—either (or both) could collapse soon. Yet neither the president nor his challenger seem alert to, or prepared for, such a possibility.
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.
30 Aug 2012

Mexico’s Massacre Era: Gruesome Killings, Porous Prisons

Mexico has entered a massacre era and its porous prisons are serving as the training grounds, headquarters, and rest and recreation centers for the drug lords’ armies.

China’s Currency Manipulation: A Policy Debate

Beijing’s currency is not the villain it’s often made out to be, and America should start seeing its relationship with China as an opportunity rather than a threat.
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.
29 Apr 2013

Editor’s Introduction

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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.

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