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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.
28 Feb 2004

Dean is Nader

just reverting to form. North America US Politics ...

26 Jan 2004

A Threat

through Iraq. North America US Violence UN Military War WMD ...

11 Jan 2004

Tilting At Blandsville

Michele Catalano has more on the Bloombergian mind. North America US ...

27 Jun 2012

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 May 2012

Russia’s Syria Win

The West has responded to the Houla massacre by continuing to press for Syrian “self-determination.” But what’s the point of self-determination if it is dictated by Moscow?
17 Sep 2003

Activists Against Nation-Building

and internationalist again… North America Middle East US Iraq Activism Military War ...

2 Sep 2003

Race: Human

. Or it ought to be. Africa North America Europe and Central Asia South Asia India ...

24 Aug 2003

Taking Responsibility

a post on the same theme and with the same title. North America Middle East ...

8 Aug 2003

20 Worst Americans

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28 Jul 2003

The City in Mind

Read it all. Kunstler is equal parts witty and wise. North America US ...

The Two Faces of American Liberalism

The link text says “the left sneers,” which is exactly what you did. North America US Human Rights Torture Violence Women ...

27 Jun 2012

Assad Delenda Est: The Case for Aiding Syria’s Rebels

Syrianist North America Middle East Israel Iran Lebanon US Palestine Syria ...

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.

History Resumes: Sectarianism’s Unlearned Lessons

The unintended consequences of the West’s “civilizing missions” to liberate peoples have historically reinforced and inflamed sectarian divides rather than bridged them.

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.
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.
20 Mar 2012

Sudan's Continuing War on Religious Freedom

Sudan's split with the South last year should have taught Khartoum that violating human rights leads to endless strife and division.
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.
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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Germany and the Euro Crisis: Is the Powerhouse Really So Pure?

The euro myth tells of the Continent’s profligate south and thrifty north, but many EU problems track back to Germany’s aggressive drive for economic dominance.
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.
3 Jan 2012

Afghanistan Now: ‘The People Do Not Want to Go Back’

Terry Glavin's new book shows a side of Afghanistan many Westerners have never seen—and makes a strong case for continuing to help the troubled country.
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.”

Mahan’s Naval Strategy: China Learned It. Will America Forget It?

Alfred Thayer Mahan’s naval theory helped shape US defense strategy in the American century, but that influence could be waning.
31 Dec 2011

Syria’s Regime Involved in the Damascus Bombings?

Last Friday’s “suicide bombing” of government buildings in Syria is looking more and more suspicious with each passing day.
3 Jan 2012

The Dash for Gas: The Golden Age of an Energy Game-Changer

The natural gas market has blossomed in recent years, offering some countries the potential for greater energy independence and setting up a new set of global winners and losers.
28 Feb 2012

It’s Not Just Al-Qaeda: Stability in the Most Dangerous Region

In a region defined by historic and violent divides, hostile intent, and nukes, the US and NATO have no viable alternative but to stay the course. 

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.
30 Dec 2011

Daze of War: The Russia-Georgia Conflict on Film

Even the most hawkish Russia critic will spot the Georgian propaganda at work in Renny Harlin’s latest flick.
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.
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.
3 Jan 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

Last year was not the first time Arabs called for change in the face of stubborn autocrats, but it was the first time their calls paid off—at least initially.
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.
22 Dec 2011

Dear Julian: The WikiLeaks Tell-All That Doesn’t

Billed as a peek inside the strange world of WikiLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s memoir reads more like a swan song to the author’s beloved former boss, Julian Assange.
27 Feb 2006

The Utah of the Middle East

go there with my camera and bring back these pictures? North America ...

12 Dec 2011

Over There: The Occupiers, Seen from Europe

Two decades after Communism, rallies for free people decrying their free societies look suspiciously retrograde—or worse.
8 Dec 2011

The Autumn of the US-Russia Reset

A series of Russian transgressions on the international scene this fall all but close the book on Washington's "reset" with Moscow.
30 Nov 2011

The Candidates and Foreign Policy

To the extent they focus on foreign affairs at all, the current GOP hopefuls differ greatly from their predecessors.
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.
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.
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

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

“Obama, like an increasing number of Republican candidates for the presidency, recognizes that retrenchment from the numerous commitments America incurred abroad is imperative.”

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.”

Ten Years Later

“It is in the nature of men and women to look ahead, past the darkest of times, to the brighter days that always follow. All of human history is a play of light and darkness. And through all of human history, we travel together through the longest night into the dawn.”

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