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1 Sep 2009

Talibanistan: The Talibs at Home

If you think the Talibs aren't the rainmakers in AfPak these days, try to collect a measly debt—much less win a war—without them. Our correspondent did. (And he still hasn't heard from Western Union.)

American Brethren: Hebrews and Puritans

From the first Thanksgiving to The Scarlet Letter, the Puritans are well known to most Americans. But as Jim Sleeper reminds us, Cotton Mather and his tribe took more than one of their strokes from the ancient Hebrews—and the influence lives on.
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?

1 Jun 2009

The Picture Awaits: The Birth of Modern Counterinsurgency

Ann Marlowe chronicles the origins of counterinsurgency theory.

The Unwise Men: The Decline of a Caste

In a cutting and brilliant essay, Stephen Graubard, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, chronicles the decline of an American caste.

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 Mar 2009

Tarnished Brass: Is the U.S. Military Profession in Decline?

Quietly, fitfully, but progressively, American military professionalism is eroding, argues Richard H. Kohn, the nation’s preeminent scholar of civil-military relations.

Not So Huddled Masses: Multiculturalism and Foreign Policy

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, America has entered a new era of ethnicity and foreign policy, whose contours are only just now emerging.
1 Dec 2008

Prophets and Poseurs: Niebuhr and Our Times

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30 Dec 2014

US Investigation Topples Kremlin Propaganda Chief

When they stay true to their principles, Western democracies can be very effective in curtailing the activities of Kremlin operatives as the case of Gazprom Media’s former chairman, Mikhail Lesin, has proven.
1 Sep 2008

The Humanitarian Carnival: A Celebrity Vogue

As the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics was broadcast, an American mother filmed her own “opening ceremony” from a dusty refugee camp in Chad. It was modest and moving—human theater that only grabbed attention because its creator happened to be a celebrity ...

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 Jun 2009

Cuban Days: The Inscrutable Nation

For years, Cubans had been sneaking off the island on flimsy boats, usually under cover of darkness, but now they were free to construct seagoing vessels in their backyards or on neighborhood streets.
1 Mar 2008

FDR and GWB: Unlearned Lessons of a Wartime Presidency

George W. Bush claimed the attacks of September 11, 2001, would transform American thinking about the world. His model was Pearl Harbor, and he and his supporters routinely summoned the analogy to muster popular support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the effect of 9/11 has faded ...

Peace At Last: The Pacification of the West

Although the subject of warfare during the Napoleonic era has not exactly suffered from inattention, David Bell believes that the reading public needs yet another account. He turns out to be right. In The First Total War, he has produced a masterful volume ...
1 Jun 2008

Balancing Act: The Other Wilsonianism

In the wake of the Bush administration, what lies in store for the future of America's presence abroad?
4 Sep 2014

North Korea Parades Three American Prisoners

By letting CNN interview three Americans it’s holding for various reasons, North Korea is almost certainly trying to obtain something from Washington. The question is: What is it?
16 Sep 2014

American Conservatives Find Common Cause with Israel

American conservatives are more pro-Israel than ever, but not for religious reasons: They see Western civilization under assault from radical Islam, just as they once saw it threatened by Communism.
22 Jul 2014

The Second Cold War?

American policymakers need to acknowledge that Russia and China are not partners of the US but in fact adversaries on the other side of a growing international divide.
21 Apr 2014

Skipping China, Obama Seeks to Reassure Asian Allies

President Obama hopes to reassure nervous allies in Asia who worry the US is not sufficiently reliable in thwarting the aggressive behavior of the country he's not visiting--China.
17 Aug 2016

Liberal Democracy and its Discontents

survival. […] Across the affluent, established democracies of North America and Western Europe, the last ... Europe and Central Asia North America ... all the Western countries.  “Citizens in a number of supposedly consolidated democracies in North ...

28 Mar 2014

UN General Assembly Stigmatizes Putin's Russia

Vladimir Putin claims to have restored Russia's prestige abroad. In fact the country has become a pariah state where only the world's top thugs side with it at the UN.
24 May 2013

Latin America Seizes the Asian Century

Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile's newly founded Pacific Alliance has quickly established itself as Latin America’s alternative to the Mercosur trading bloc's statist economic policies.
19 Sep 2013

A Bipartisan Autopsy Report

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16 Sep 2013

Obama's Reversals Weaken US Credibility

For the Israeli public and government, the Obama administration’s reassurances on Syria and Iran have failed to inspire confidence in US resolve. They have good reasons to be skeptical.
10 Sep 2013

The Cost of Britain’s Syria Vote

The British Parliament’s vote against military action in Syria could mark a sea change in UK foreign policy, diminishing its global credibility and relationship with the United States.
9 Sep 2013

Chinese, Russian, and NATO Warships Maneuver Off Syria

A Chinese warship has joined Russian, French, Italian, and US naval vessels already patrolling the eastern Mediterranean. Could the presence of rival powers off Syria spark a larger conflict?
4 Sep 2013

President Hamlet

President Obama could have made congressional approval part of his initial Syria plan—instead he made it part of his dithering, confirming fears of US foreign policy in retreat.
6 Sep 2013

War Rape: Rwanda, Bosnia, and Now Syria

For the first time ever, a UN Security Council resolution has directly addressed rape as a weapon of war, a crime that no state has ever been held accountable for despite its rampant use.
20 Oct 2012

Welcome to Millennial Letters

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1 Aug 2013

China Eyes a Forward Base in the Atlantic

Insiders say Beijing is eyeing Lajes Field, a US air base near the middle of the Atlantic. Washington is considering downscaling its presence there, which would be folly.
26 Mar 2013

The Failure of Deterrence in Korea

South Koreans want to develop their own nuclear weapons to counter the North’s bellicose threats. Is it a sign they no longer trust Washington’s resolve to defend their country?
8 Jul 2013

The NSA's Foreign Friends

Following the latest Snowden revelations, leaders in Germany and elsewhere have pretended to condemn NSA spying while having actually colluded in it.
2 Jul 2013

Bluffing in Cairo?

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17 Jun 2013

Is Obama Arming the Syrian Rebels or Not?

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11 Jun 2013

Does Al Qaeda Have Missiles?

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6 Jun 2013

Cyber Détente with China

The Obama administration hopes to start setting “norms and rules” for US-Chinese cyber relations. Unfortunately, given Beijing’s massive campaign of cyber intrusions, it’s probably too late for that.

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