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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.)

Restraining Order: For Strategic Modesty

The world may still need a lot of help, but as Harvey Sapolsky and his colleagues argue, it's time that we divvy up some of the work among our allies.

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 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

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.

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.

The Ethics of Fleeing: What America Still Owes Iraq

The Iraq War has, or bids to, become a litmus test of political identity of the sort that Americans associate with the Vietnam War. We should all be troubled by this. Those of us who opposed the Vietnam War may have called it correctly, but it is important to recall the fates of the Vietnamese ...
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 Dec 2008

Over Here: Iraq the Place vs. Iraq the Abstraction

Gate: America in Iraq. North America Middle East US Iraq Military Economy ...

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 Dec 2008

Prophets and Poseurs: Niebuhr and Our Times

recently, of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War. Asia Pacific North America US ...

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 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 ...
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?
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?
7 Jun 2016

US Pressures Kim Regime in North Korea

The United States recently toughened its stand against North Korea by designating the Kim regime a 'primary money laundering concern'.
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.
25 May 2016

American Hopes to Return to Prison Camp in North Korea

Two years ago Kenneth Bae was imprisoned in North Korea. Now the American missionary wants to return to visit the guards he befriended.
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.
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.
6 Mar 2014

Putin and Cronies Only Fear Targeted Sanctions

Russian public disapproval and a boycott of the Sochi G8 meeting will not deter Putin, but tough targeted sanctions will.
17 Jan 2014

US Congress Seeks to Globalize Magnitsky Act

As a bipartisan group of senators introduces legislation to enable the US to sanction human rights abusers worldwide, it’s time for the administration to get serious about this worthy cause.
25 Nov 2013

The Hypocrisy of the UN's Human Rights Council

Like its defunct and dysfunctional predecessor, the UN Human Rights Council has been compromised by member states who “should be in the dock of the accused” rather than sitting in judgment.
18 Nov 2013

Shocking Facts About America

(seriously!). North America ...

2 Nov 2013

Whither Afghanistan?

With Washington and Kabul talks at a near standstill, the "zero option" will put many Afghan lives in danger, as well as risk the $100 billion already invested in the country's infrastructure.
19 Sep 2013

A Bipartisan Autopsy Report

and hypocritical public relations stunts by a Kremlin boss since the Soviet era. North America Middle East Syria US ...

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.