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1 Sep 2010

The Real Reset: Moscow Refights the Cold War

Washington thinks it's gotten a fresh start with Moscow. In fact, our old adversary has merely fallen back into its old Cold War habits.
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 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 Jul 2011

1989 and 2011: Compare and Contrast

A comparison of the two great revolutions of our era illuminates the promise and sobering challenges ahead for the Arab Spring.

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.
1 Jan 2010
1 Nov 2010

Saying the Unsayable: Revisiting International Censorship

Freedom House's Arch Puddington and Christopher Walker review the innovative ways that oppressive governments, shady moguls, and other actors strong-arm journalists and NGOs into not publicizing politically sensitive information.
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.
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 Nov 2010

Ain't Reporting Hell: Sebastian Junger's Afghanistan

Ann Marlowe just returned from her latest reporting trip to Afghanistan and Major Derrick Hernandez served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Together they review Sebastian Junger's portrayal of the Afghan war.
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.

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 May 2011

The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Past, Pakistan’s Future

To those familiar with Pakistan’s history and politics, it's little surprise that Osama bin Laden turned up there. As more than half a century of problems show, the country faces a deep identity crisis it must soon address if it hopes to survive.
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

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.
1 Sep 2010

All the Guard's Men: Iran's Silent Revolution

Iran's Revolutionary Guard has eaten up much of the country's political and economic power. It might soon go after the rest.

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 Mar 2010

Afghan Ghosts: American Myths

Jonathan Steele covered the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Now he reflects on how things have changed—and how they haven’t.
1 Jan 2010
1 Sep 2010

An Old, Old Story: Misreading Tet, Again

It seems the only thing the news media do better than misinterpret the Tet Offensive is misapply its lessons to our current wars.

Innocence Abroad: The Tea Party's Search for Foreign Policy

What's the Tea Party's foreign policy? Well, it's a difficult question on two counts: There doesn't seem to be a Tea Party foreign policy, and, on inspection, there doesn't seem to be a Tea Party . . .
1 May 2010

Ministry of Silly Wars: Britain in Central Asia

Forget the ghosts of Afghanistan: There's plenty to learn from the strange tale of the British in Tibet.
1 Jul 2010

Smile and Smile: Turkey's Feel-Good Foreign Policy

What do you get when a country uses emotional truth rather than factual evidence to gauge reality? For starters, have you seen any of the headlines from Turkey this year?

State of Play: How South Africa Became South Africa

Matthew Kaminski explores the misunderstood miracle that is South Africa after apartheid.
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.
1 Jan 2010

Boxed In: The Constraints of U.S. Foreign Policy

As pundits around the world assess President Obama's first year in office, British journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft posits that there are some problems with U.S. foreign policy that transcend any one administration.

The Call-Up: Conscription, Again

"Draft" is still a dirty word these days, but our country is definitely in need of one.

Undying Creed: The Acceleration of Our Exceptionalism

Many Americans accept their country's decline. The facts suggest they should reconsider.
1 Dec 2008

Letter from the Editor: Winter 2008

issues of World Affairs will give these critiques a full airing. ...

1 Sep 2008

Paved Intentions: Civilization and Imperialism

The increasingly grim spiral of events in the early 1990s put into question the robustness of the human rights regime. If today’s humanitarian interventionists have lost hope that the UN can reform itself to intervene decisively in the name of civilized values, they remain convinced that America and its partners can ...
1 Dec 2008

Prophets and Poseurs: Niebuhr and Our Times

to acknowledge that this axiom applies in full to the United States, Americans ...

7 Nov 2017

Hezbollah Consolidates Its Stranglehold Over Lebanon

Iran and Hezbollah have effectively succeeded in its Lebanon conquest now that Prime Minister Hariri has resigned and fled to Saudi Arabia, making the country a regional hot spot yet again.
27 Oct 2017

Overplaying Their Hand: The Kurds’ Referendum Debacle

In their move for an independent state, the Kurds gambled and lost—but there’s more to the story than being the victims of another betrayal from the West.
12 Oct 2017

Turkey Is Behaving like an Enemy Now

Turkey, a NATO ally, is now behaving like an enemy—imprisoning journalists or sentencing them in absentia, arresting a US Consulate employee on bogus charges, and taking hostages.
25 Sep 2017

The Black Sheep of NATO

As an increasingly undemocratic Turkey continues to challenge NATO, a recent case has illustrated how NATO appears to lack the will to defend its own values.
28 Sep 2017

After Years of Battling Nemtsov, the Kremlin Battles His Memory

As the Putin regime tries to airbrush Boris Nemtsov’s memory, a bipartisan group of US senators has proposed to rename the plaza in front of Russia's embassy in Nemtsov’s honor.

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