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1 Sep 2011

Ten Years Later

“Most Americans seem reluctant to rule out the possibility that, throughout the decade now closing, people faced with difficult choices and unprecedented problems largely did what was appropriate and necessary at the time they had to decide and act.”
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.
17 Jun 2014

Women’s Rights in Colombia: Acid Attacks on the Rise

A recent spate of acid attacks has drawn attention to the plight of women in Colombia, where the law has yet to catch up with the violence of the country’s heavily patriarchal social system.
29 Dec 2013

Troubled Waters: China and Japan Face Off at Sea

China, a traditional land power, has now successfully challenged Japan’s historical preeminence at sea, in waters where the control of the trade routes will profoundly affect global economic security.

Fixing US Foreign Assistance: Cheaper, Smarter, Stronger

US aid has often been counterproductive to its goals in the last decade, just when America urgently needed a strong image abroad. Can it be fixed by returning to earlier development practices?
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.
30 Aug 2013

Blue Gold: The Coming Water Wars

Forget global warming and peak oil—the looming wars of this century will be fought over water, that indispensable resource that democracies typically share but strongmen use as a weapon.
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.

27 Feb 2013

Mapping North Korea’s Brutal Labor Camps

As North Korea’s systemic human rights abuses get a hearing at the UN, Curtis Melvin explains how he has used the latest satellite images of the country to report the expansion of the regime’s gruesome gulags.
29 Dec 2013

Two-Speed Recovery: US vs. EU

Five years after the financial crisis, the American economy appears to be recovering while Europe remains stagnant. Some important—and overlooked—factors help explain the disparity.

The Alcatraz Gang: Eleven American POWs in Hanoi’s Notorious Camp

Alvin Townley’s book is the first to tell the story of the eleven American POWs who were dispatched to a dingy, secret prison camp in Hanoi to endure unspeakable torture for their defiance.
26 Feb 2014

Enter Asia: The Arctic Heats Up

New members on the Arctic Council like China, India, and other Asian countries underscore the rush to secure energy and mineral resources and shorter trade routes.
1 Sep 2011

Ten Years Later

“We don't know whether we are still in the beginning stages of this conflict against al-Qaeda and radical terrorists, somewhere in the middle, or approaching, at long last, its end.”
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.
20 Jun 2013

US Double Standards on Human Trafficking

The Obama administration fails to condemn its allies for enabling human trafficking, but it's quick to condemn hostile regimes.
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.
27 Feb 2013

Asia’s Next Tigers? Burma, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka

Fifty years ago, Burma, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines seemed ready to boom economically. Yet takeoff never happened. Could they now be on the path of recovery and growth?
28 Jun 2013

Editor’s Introduction

and ineffectuality of US policy. While mindful of the costs of the slaughter of Syria’s ...

1 Jan 2010

Resumption: The Gears of 1989

For the free world, 1989 felt like the end of history; for those living under the Soviet Union, it was merely a resumption.
1 Mar 2009

Life On Venus: Europe’s Last Man

Is it true that Western Europeans, after half a century of peace and prosperity, suffer from the kind of moral malaise that Nietzsche warned about, and that Fukuyama and Kagan diagnosed?
23 Jan 2014

Euromaidan: Ukraine’s Self-Organizing Revolution

Unlike the Orange Revolution of 2004, the ongoing Euromaidan protests seek long-term solutions for Ukraine, built not by any one leader but by individuals working at the grassroots level.
1 Sep 2010

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 . . .
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.
26 Apr 2012

A Tale of Two Trials: Soviet Propaganda at Home and Abroad

Trials in Prague and New York in 1952 show the extent of Soviet Cold War deception and hypocrisy—not to mention brutality.
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.
28 Oct 2013

No Exit: Why the US Can’t Leave the Middle East

Seeing only dim prospects in Egypt, Libya, and Syria, and recalling the wars of the last decade, most Americans understandably want to quit the Middle East. But that simply isn’t an option.
29 Dec 2013

The Art of Diplomacy: Exhibitions and National Promotion

Anxious to distract from negative economic news and political unrest, European countries like Spain, Greece, and Italy are making a push for cultural diplomacy in the United States.
1 Jan 2011

Letter from the Editor: January/February 2011

in the Muslim World to help us better understand the continuation of the ancient ...

28 Jun 2013

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.
29 Dec 2013

Conflicting Claims: China, Japan, Taiwan on Edge

China’s aggressive territorial claims in the South China Sea are similar to those made in the East China Sea—and have entangled China, Japan, and Taiwan in an intractable and tense standoff.
26 Feb 2014

A Nation Divided: Venezuela’s Uncertain Future

A year after Hugo Chávez’s death, Venezuela’s dysfunctional economy continues to unravel while the polarizing policies that kept him in power for fourteen years harden the nation’s divisions
1 Mar 2010

Child of the Devolution: Growing Up Red

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh tells his extraordinary story of growing up an American Communist.
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.
27 Jun 2012

China and India Today: Diplomats Jostle, Militaries Prepare

The delicate and increasingly tense China-India rivalry is reflected in the countries’ military preparations, alliances, and diplomatic maneuvering with neighbors and world powers alike.
30 Aug 2013

Tensions in Tehran: Iran’s Mullahs vs. the Revolutionary Guards

Iran’s presidential elections sometimes look democratic but they’re best understood as a mafia-style competition between the regime’s most powerful blocs, the mullahs and the Revolutionary Guards.
1 Jul 2010

The Broken Link: What Peace Won't Fix

New Republic correspondent and World Affairs blogger James Kirchick argues against the folly of linkage—i.e., the assumption that fixing the peace process will somehow cure all of the Middle East's other ailments.
29 Dec 2013

The Domain of Spain: How Likely Is Catalan Independence?

The last decade saw a leftward shift in Catalonia’s political scene (and Spain’s at large), bringing the region closer to an independence vote. But will Madrid ever accept such a bid?
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.
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.
24 Dec 2012

The Coming Surge of Cuban Refugees

A new Cuban law that allows its citizens to travel abroad will likely create a surge of travel—and political refugees—to the US. And Washington appears oblivious to the consequences.
30 Aug 2013

Misreading Iran’s Elections: Iranian Infighting and American Narcissism

President Rouhani might appear relatively reform-minded, but after three decades of disappointments by other Iranian “reformers,” outsiders should know better than to be optimistic.
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.
1 Jun 2009

Best Intentions: An Appreciation of Graham Greene

Appearing in 1955, Graham Greene’s prophetic novel The Quiet American was a fictional narrative that became a must-read for those seeking to understand how the United States blundered so badly in Vietnam.
1 Sep 2010

Guilt Is Good: The Past Isn't Dead Just Yet

We've certainly heard a lot about historical injustice—slavery, colonialism, genocide. But does that mean we should just get over it? Pascal Bruckner says yes; Ethan Porter begs to differ.
28 Oct 2013

Terror in Burma: Buddhists vs. Muslims

What began as a nationalist movement in Burma in the 1990s has morphed into an anti-Muslim bigotry and terror campaign being waged by zealots within the country’s Buddhist majority.
30 Aug 2013

Central Europe’s Velvet Power: Can It Reinvigorate EU Foreign Policy?

Having shaken off the Soviet yoke, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia have made significant political and economic progress. Now can they make their mark in the EU?
31 Oct 2012

Editor’s Introduction

to India for a five-day visit where he called the US and India “natural ...

26 Apr 2012

Tehran Politics: Are the Mullahs Losing Their Grip?

Are divisions within Iran’s longstanding theocracy weakening the religious fundamentalists’ grip on power? And what might come next?
28 Jun 2013

The Illusion of Cuban Reform: Castro Strikes Out

The “reforms” Raúl Castro announced after taking over from his brother Fidel are as comical as they are tragic—a mixed bag of dumb ideas, self-dealing, and more of the same old repression.
29 Apr 2013

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.

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