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4 Jan 2012

The Myanmar Moment? Why Washington Made Its Move

For years, Myanmar has been a favorite bête noire on the world scene, but the West is right to consider whether the ruling military now has the potential to effect serious modernization.
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.
28 Feb 2012

Willing or Waning? NATO’s Role in an Age of Coalitions

In spite of an expanded and increasingly divergent membership, NATO has managed to remain unified and effective by deferring to ad hoc coalitions of the willing. Can it last?
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.
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?
1 Mar 2011

Strange Bedfellows: War and Minority Rights

War: What is it good for? Well, minority rights for one thing. America's overseas military operations have actually advanced domestic civil rights and liberties.

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.
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.
1 Sep 2011

Royal Pain: The British Republicans’ Waiting Game

Following the underwhelming Will-and-Kate nuptials, a monarchy-free future looks more possible.
1 Jan 2011

Average Joe: The Return of Stalin Apologists

A spate of new books posits that Stalin wasn't such a bad guy after all—just a strongman boxed in by the perils of history. The journalist Tomasz Sommer and the scholar Marek Chodakiewicz beg to differ.

Letter from the Editor: January/February 2011

and the wisdom, compassion, and humility that has been evenly deployed during a full ...

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)
13 Dec 2011

Are the Peasants Revolting? Occupy Wall Street’s Foreign Policy

Historically, class warfare has made itself both complicated and simplistic. In the words of one DC Occupier, “We’re not anarchists, we’re just using their tent.”
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.
1 Jul 2010

Letter from the Editor: July/August 2010

as no surprise that he decided to commit his full attention to completing ...

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.
1 Jan 2011

Big Boom: Robert Pape Remakes Terrorism Studies

Meet Robert Pape, the man whose empirical research has helped reshape terrorism studies as we know 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.

28 Oct 2011

Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Security: Whither the IAEA?

The International Atomic Energy Agency has been caught flat-footed so many times in the last decade that its future effectiveness is in doubt.
1 Sep 2011

The Defector’s Tale: Inside North Korea’s Secret Economy

The “Royal Court Economy,” begun as a stopgap as Soviet funding dried up, has grown into a hidden mechanism to keep the Kim dynasty in power.

16 Aug 2011

News Hole: The ICG's Deeply Flawed Syria Report

The International Crisis Group’s latest report on Syria relies almost exclusively on the testimony of Syrian regime figures and its Western apologists, dressed up as “independent” sources.
1 Sep 2010

Deleting the Holodomor: Ukraine Unmakes Itself

Stalin's forced famine of 1932–33, which killed four million people, has brought Ukraine's complicated relationship with Russia into sharp focus.
1 May 2011

Bunga Bunga No More: Berlusconi Takes a Bath

Despite meager accomplishments in office and a personal life that's wild even by Italian standards, Silvio Berlusconi has managed to hold onto voters. So can he weather a trial for sex with an underage prostitute?
1 Jun 2009

Obama’s Inheritance: Al-Qaeda in Retreat

In a widely noted speech in May, President Obama said George W. Bush’s national security policies created a mess. The president is wrong. President Obama actually inherited a very strong hand on national security issues.
1 Jul 2011

Persons of Interest: Britain Learns from Ex-Islamists

Two former extremists prove just how much the UK learns from its reformed enemies (and why the US should do the same).

1 Mar 2011

Unschooled: How to Better Train Our Nation Builders

Despite a basic shift in US military doctrine after 9/11, the Pentagon has yet to adapt its training to fit its new stability operations, leaving civilian and military personnel unprepared for their tasks.

Leaked: What the Mideast Really Thinks of Iran

Thanks to WikiLeaks, it’s now abundantly clear that most Arab leaders want the US to end Iran’s nuclear program. So why do our realist-progressive pundits still think the threat is exaggerated?
1 Nov 2010

The Broken Consensus: America's Contested Primacy

Former U.S. Ambassador Eric S. Edelman tackles anew the problem of America's place in the 21st century.

Lenten Entertainment: Britain's Other Stagecraft

All the world's a stage ... and sometimes Daily Mail Parliament reporter and London theater reviewer Quentin Letts has trouble distinguishing his morning beat from his night job.
1 May 2011

Democracy in Egypt: Applying the Tocqueville Standard

Tocqueville judged a democracy by two key criteria: whether political parties served the essential interests of the entire population and whether citizens appreciated private property. Even in the middle of its Arab spring, Egypt has a long way to go on both counts.

Obama Abroad: Ambitious Realism

Critics frequently complain that President Obama lacks a coherent approach to foreign policy and that he extemporizes issue by issue. A former under secretary of state in the Clinton administration takes a closer look at the president’s response to major issues, however, and discovers a sound strategy that deftly mixes high ambition, caution, and pragmatism.
1 Jul 2011

Learning Curve: American Culture and the Muslim World

Ten years after 9/11, hearts and minds still matter just as much on the home front as on the battlefield.

1 Jan 2011

The Mystery of Europe and the Decline and Fall of the War System

safe—even in a completely unredeemed world driven by aggressive leaders, full ...

1 Mar 2011

Decision Time: The Dueling Memoirs of Gerhard Schröder and George W. Bush

In his memoir, President Bush recalls a 2002 meeting in which Chancellor Schröder vowed to support the Iraq War. Schröder says that Bush is “not telling the truth.” If only he had the same standards for his own memoir.
30 Apr 2010

Pakistan: Descent into Chaos?

“Nearly everyone I’ve met here over the past week shares a rather grim perspective at the moment, a feeling that Pakistan is teetering on the brink.”
1 Nov 2010

Unveiled: A Case for France's Burqa Ban

French commentator Pascal Bruckner defends his nation's recent burqa ban as a veritable extension of France's most revered liberal traditions.
1 Jan 2011

Power Play: Turkey's Bid to Trump Iran

The flotilla incident last spring was just an opener: Turkey has big plans for its own role in a tumultuous Middle East—and they don't have much to do with helping Tehran, much less the West.

Anchors Away: American Sea Power in Dry Dock

After a decade of counterinsurgency warfare, it's hard to remember that America's global leadership used to be—and still is—based on its naval power. But that shouldn't excuse utterly neglecting it.
1 Jul 2010

Spook Story: What Really Happened to Mossadeq?

Roya Hakakian reviews Darioush Bayandor's new history on the demise of Iran's beloved prime minister, which challenges the traditional narrative of an innocent postcolonial nation victimized by the CIA.
1 May 2010

(Almost) Out of Africa: The White Tribes

It's never been easy being white in Africa. In recent years, it's gotten even harder.
1 Nov 2010

Facts Meet Freedom: On the Air in Afghanistan

The average American sees Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as a Cold War relic—if they even know it still exists at all. But as P. J. O'Rourke reports from Kabul, RFE/RL's Afghan service has become a vital part of that country's life and politics.

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.
1 Jan 2011

The No-Show: Why Values Should Have Mattered in Iraq

The US took its blood and treasure to Iraq to topple a tyrant and build a democracy. But it forgot its most appealing asset, its liberal cultural values, allowing lesser forces to fill the void.
1 Jul 2010

Northern Exposure: Kurdistan After the Withdrawal

Just what will become of the Kurds after America leaves Iraq?
1 Mar 2011

AfPak 2020: A Symposium

Where will Afghanistan and Pakistan be in ten years if the US continues on its current course? We put the question to a group of experts. Their answers might surprise you.
1 Sep 2010

'Fair Game' Glamorizes Distortions and Perpetuates Myths

The new film follows a simple Hollywood line, complete with hero, villain, and distressed damsel. The corollary on the right is that Libby took the fall for Cheney. Both are wrong.
1 Jul 2010

Gathering Storm: America and China in 2020

Ian Bremmer predicts that the U.S. will face an uphill battle in the next decade as it tries to convince Beijing that it should still value American interests.
1 May 2010

Hacker Nation: China's Cyber Assault

The Chinese government's recent hacking spate might be news to Americans, but Falun Gong and other dissidents have been dealing for years with the menace of the Communist Party's growing technological prowess.
1 Jan 2011

Tanned and Rested: Vaclav Havel Marks His Return with ‘Leaving’

The Czech politician Vaclav Havel has played many roles—dissident, playwright, philosopher president. Now, as his former political director reports, the 74-year-old is making yet another comeback—as a filmmaker.

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