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28 Feb 2012

Editor’s Introduction

A s the grim realities of “the troubled European Union and the darkening Arab Spring” become undeniable, Walter Laqueur, one of the deans of foreign policy commentary in America, explores the ways in which wishful ...

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.

Explosive Video Documents Depth of Putin's Mafia State

A Russian anti-corruption group's video details mind-bending collusion between an elite crime syndicate and Russian officials in the military, intelligence, tax offices, and the courts in a shocking tale of theft, fraud, kidnapping, torture, and murder.
1 Mar 2010

Fearful Asymmetry: Reading the Goldstone Report

Despite its flaws, the Goldstone Report points up the fundamental contradiction between the needs of great powers and the demands of international law.
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.
30 Aug 2012

The Future of Space: Trouble on the Final Frontier

Americans like to think space exploration is about science, not war, but China and Russia don't make the distinction—and the laws guiding militaries in space are sorely outdated.
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.

Pipeline to Nowhere: The Beijing-Moscow Dance Continues

The pipeline’s deadlocked negotiations are precisely what you’d expect after Russia’s corrupt, state-run monopoly forced borrowing from its future customer.
31 Oct 2012

Superpower Symbiosis: The Russia-China Axis

China and Russia appear to have a cooperative relationship, but with competing energy and territorial interests in the mix, not to mention domestic instabilities, the future might not be so rosy.
1 Jan 2010

Undying Creed: The Acceleration of Our Exceptionalism

Many Americans accept their country's decline. The facts suggest they should reconsider.
27 Feb 2013

Enough Said: The False Scholarship of Edward Said

Many postcolonial and anti-Israeli sentiments are predicated on a set of Edward Said’s arguments, which Muravchik carefully dissects and exposes for their fraudulent scholarship.
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.

Money Pit: The Monstrous Failure of US Aid to Afghanistan

The US has spent $100 billion in nonmilitary funds to rebuild Afghanistan. Yet, after a decade of mind-bending mismanagement and unaccountability, it seems all for naught.
17 Sep 2012

The Looming WMD Crisis in Syria

As warfare and instability continue to rattle Syria, the possibility that terrorists could acquire the regime's chemical and biological weapons is getting disturbingly more likely.
1 Dec 2009

Empty Nest: The Demise of a Species

In the run-up to the war in Iraq, liberal hawks were so close to neoconservative hawks that only an expert ornithologist could distinguish between the species. So, what has changed since then?
23 Nov 2011

Neglected India: Why Is Washington Ignoring the World’s Largest Democracy?

The US and India are natural allies, but Obama has let China and Pakistan get in the way of New Delhi’s importance.
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.

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.
30 Aug 2012

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.
1 Sep 2011

Ten Years Later

“The shock of 9/11 was not, in the end, enough to heal the US body politic. Ten years ago, Americans wondered, in unison: ‘Why do they hate us?’ Today, we need to ask: ‘Why do we hate each other?’”
22 Mar 2012

Is More War Coming to the Sudans?

Remnants of the conflict that won South Sudan its independence last year now threaten the young nation’s stability—not to mention the welfare of civilians living near the tumultuous new border.
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.
1 Sep 2010

No Strings Attached: The Case for a Distributed Grid and a Low-Oil Future

Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey joins scholar Rachel Kleinfeld and energy industry expert Chelsea Sexton in proposing a feasible move away from centralized energy grids and oil-dominated industry.
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.
1 Jan 2010

AfPak for Dummies: A Primer

As more Americans head to Afghanistan, the former Indian ambassador to Pakistan offers a rundown of what they might expect to find there.
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.
27 Jun 2012

The Country That Is the World: Syria’s Clashing Communities

Given Syria’s widespread poverty and illiteracy, life and politics there are often determined by deeply rooted and divisive religious, sectarian, and ethnic allegiances—and the fear they inspire.
30 Aug 2012

Learning from Sadat: The Dividends of American Resolve

Anwar Sadat steered Egypt away from the USSR and allied with the West because he saw the value of a US partnership. Can Washington inspire that confidence again?
1 Sep 2011

From Russia With Greed: British Petroleum’s Other Crisis

As BP’s latest dealings with Russia show, Moscow has no qualms about using predatory tactics in the energy market to reassert control over its neighbors.
27 Jun 2012

Of Thee I Sigh: Baby Boomers Bust

P. J. O'Rourke laments that the baby boomers have betrayed America’s legacy of boldness and achievement by replacing hopeful thinking with wishful thinking, bold ideas with benign idealism, and the belief that we can make things better with make-believe.

Wartime: Foreign Conflict and Domestic Rights

Despite the achievements of Mary Dudziak’s prior work, her latest book, which discusses US civil liberties in wartime, fails in its argument that foreign conflict gravely threatens domestic rights.
10 Jun 2011

Fool Me Twice: How the United States Lost Lebanon—Again

US failures in Lebanon in the '80s have always given heartburn to policy veterans. It hardly reassures that recent generations have not done much better.

27 Dec 2011

The Next al-Qaeda? Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Future of Terrorism in South Asia

Lashkar-e-Taiba has morphed from a militia operating in Kashmir to a regional broker with designs on becoming the next global terror network.
28 Feb 2012

Korea’s Third Kim: Will Anything Change?

Does North Korea's recent "food for nuclear agreement" deal suggest the latest Kim intends to reform the hermit kingdom? Unlikely.
30 Aug 2012

Russia’s Local Elections: Politics in Spite of Putin

Protests and parliamentary elections in Russia loosened the Kremlin’s grip on power last winter—and the upcoming gubernatorial elections may accelerate the trend.
24 Aug 2012

Mocking Justice in Norway: The Breivik Trial Targets Contrarian Intellectuals

A Norwegian court recently sentenced Anders Breivik for his killing spree last summer—but also on trial were legitimate writers with politically incorrect views.
28 Feb 2012

Non-Interventionist David Rieff is Wrong on Syria

Especially after Libya, non-interventionists like David Rieff must do more than simply recall the failures of the Iraq War when considering Syria.
1 Jun 2009

Dear Mr. President ... On Pirates

Lately, you’ve appeared to be a bit worried, tense, even bewildered. You need a way to relax and lighten up. You need a problem that’s not so darned grim, abstruse, and conundrum-packed. You need pirates.
8 Nov 2011

A Nuclear Iran Could Upend the World

This week's IAEA report has stripped Iran's nuclear program of its civilian disguise.
1 Sep 2009

Letter from the Editor: Fall 2009

of what it was in Vietnam. And, by 2008, that number had declined to a tenth ...

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?
28 Feb 2012

Adrift Down Under: The Labor Party Abandons Economic Reform

After a generation of economic reform, growth, and expansion, Australia’s current Labor-Green-Independent ruling coalition, and the Labor government that preceded it, may give new meaning to the expression “Down Under.”
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.
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.”

Ten Years Later

“September 11th was not so much a driver of historical change as a symptom of the deep and increasing imbalances between the conservative and authoritarian character of large parts of the Middle East and the modernizing and democratizing rest of the world, brought into a sharp relief by globalization.”

Ten Years Later

“But the truth is that it is these preposterous and demeaning security arrangements that define most Americans’ actual experience of the effect of terrorism on their lives.”
28 Oct 2011

The Oslo Legacy: Goodbye to All That

Now that yet another US president has failed to bring Israel and the Palestinians closer to a settlement, it’s time to abandon the outmoded Oslo negotiation model.
28 Feb 2012

Battle for Bahrain: What One Uprising Meant for the Gulf States and Iran

Bahrain has become the Arab Spring’s “failed” revolution, but for the Sunni Gulf states and Shiite Iran, it has been part of a larger and ongoing battle for regional control.

Egypt’s Elections: Why the Islamists Won

Flaws in the electoral structure aside, if various “liberal” factions cannot offer a coherent alternative in the future, the Islamists will be in power a long time.

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