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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.

The Perils of Development: Afghanistan’s Threatened Treasures

The protection of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage is vital to rehabilitating the nation’s resilience and confidence. But a government deal with a Chinese firm is putting at least one site at risk.
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.
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 ...

31 Oct 2012

What Are They Thinking? A Study of Youth in Three Post-Soviet States

Nadia Diuk’s new book—a survey of youth in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan—is a must-read for those studying the former Soviet Union and youth movements fighting dictators around the globe.
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.
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.
29 Apr 2013

Pollution in China: The Business of Bad Air

China’s pollution crisis made headlines earlier this year, but some have found a silver lining to the smog. Bad air has become good business, creating demand for products big and small.
3 Jan 2012

Editor's Introduction

offers three takes on the seasonal changes (spring? winter?) ...

1 Jan 2010

Fermez la Porte: The Oversimplification of Europe

Christopher Caldwell has a pretty simple read of Europe's woes. David Rieff thinks it's too simple.
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.
26 Apr 2012

US-Pakistan Relations: Common and Clashing Interests

Washington and Islamabad’s ambiguous alliance is insufficient to manage their common and clashing interests. It’s time to fundamentally rethink the relationship, if it’s to endure.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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 May 2011

Fatal Attraction: China's Strengthening Partnership with North Korea

The alliance between Beijing and Pyongyang has always been dysfunctional, but increasing Chinese clout in North Korea clouds the prospect of successful change in this failed state.
31 Oct 2012

Libya’s Year One: Life After Qaddafi

Libyans are striving to rebuild their country, but Qaddafi left “a destroyed people” in his wake, in the words of one activist, and it will take time for them to heal themselves.

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.
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.
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.
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.

Great Leap Backward: China’s Leadership in Crisis

China’s big news this year was supposed to be a calm transition of power. Instead, dueling party leaders and rumblings of dissent have deeply shaken the People’s Republic.

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.

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.
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?
17 Nov 2011

Building a New Peace Process

As the dust settles on the failed Palestinian statehood bid, the US and its allies need to recalibrate their efforts around realistic goals.
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.
26 Apr 2012

Israel and Iran: The Grounds for an Israeli Attack

Given Washington’s current reluctance to use military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Western leaders should at least grant that Israeli action is justifiable.
1 Jul 2010

All Out: China Turns on the Charm

The Heritage Foundation's Helle C. Dale tells how the U.S. is struggling to keep up with China's massive promotional efforts around the world.
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.
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.”
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.
6 Dec 2011

Documented: The WikiLeaks That Show Enhanced Interrogation Worked

Whether intentionally or not, the controversial website has provided ample evidence that enhanced interrogation directly aided the war on terror.
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.”
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 May 2010

But Is It Good for Democracy? Israel's Dilemma

Israel prides itself as a fellow traveler on the road to democracy. So what does that mean for its mission as a Jewish state?
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?
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.

The New Communism: Resurrecting the Utopian Delusion

Despite its intellectual celebrity, the new communism of Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, and their fellow travelers in Western universities offers nothing but a return to left-wing totalitarianism.

The Ethics of Fleeing: What America Still Owes Iraq

The Iraq War has, or bids to, become a litmus test of political identity of the sort that Americans associate with the Vietnam War. We should all be troubled by this. Those of us who opposed the Vietnam War may have called it correctly, but it is important to recall the fates of the Vietnamese ...
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.
1 Sep 2011

Last Man Standing: Is America Fading in the New Middle East?

As US alliances and resolve in the region grow weaker, what role will America play in the new Middle East?

28 Feb 2012

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.

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.
1 Jan 2010

Dear Mr. President . . . Unhappy in Our Own Way

Some families get along. The family of nations is not one of those families. And the president needs to realize that. (Abstract)

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