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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 ...

1 May 2011

Lost in the Levant: Lebanon Reappraised

In The Ghosts of Martyrs Square, Beirut Daily Star editor Michael Young offers a timely and beautifully written accounting of Lebanon's struggle for stability amid political and religious diversity and extremism.
1 Jul 2011

Protection Racket: ‘Responsibility to Protect’ Becomes a Doctrine

Joshua Muravchik reviews the history and flaws of the latest school of American interventionism.

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.

WikiHistory: Did the Leaks Inspire the Arab Spring?

WikiLeaks might be controversial in the West, but it had a powerful effect on Mideast countries where news and information have been systematically repressed for decades.

15 Mar 2011

The Obama Doctrine: A Modesty of Ambitions

of Government . North America Middle East Europe and Central Asia Libya Egypt US ...

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 ...

10 Jun 2011

Fool Me Twice: How the United States Lost Lebanon—Again

US failures in Lebanon in the '80s have always given heartburn to policy veterans. It hardly reassures that recent generations have not done much better.

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

North America US ...

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 ...

1 Jul 2011

Persons of Interest: Britain Learns from Ex-Islamists

Two former extremists prove just how much the UK learns from its reformed enemies (and why the US should do the same).

Iggy Pops: The Michael Ignatieff Experiment

The celebrity intellectual decamped from Harvard to join Canada’s political fray in what was supposed to be a sure rise to the top. What went wrong?

1 Mar 2011

Leaked: What the Mideast Really Thinks of Iran

Thanks to WikiLeaks, it’s now abundantly clear that most Arab leaders want the US to end Iran’s nuclear program. So why do our realist-progressive pundits still think the threat is exaggerated?
1 May 2011

Obama Abroad: Ambitious Realism

Critics frequently complain that President Obama lacks a coherent approach to foreign policy and that he extemporizes issue by issue. A former under secretary of state in the Clinton administration takes a closer look at the president’s response to major issues, however, and discovers a sound strategy that deftly mixes high ambition, caution, and pragmatism.
1 Jan 2011

The Lessons of the Bin Laden Documents

“It will take time to study these documents, but the details released so far have upturned many assumptions Americans held about the state of the al-Qaeda network.”

Too Big to Fail

Endowment for International Peace, in Washington . Africa North America Middle ...

1 Mar 2011

Mind the Gap: Is the Relationship Still Special?

The Anglo-American alliance remains the world’s most powerful bilateral partnership. But as the Obama administration casts its favor to farther reaches of the globe, what lies in store for the special relationship?

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.

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.
1 Jan 2011

Menace à trois: Alliances with Iran and Turkey? Please.

In Reset, former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer argues for shaking up our traditional ties in the Mideast—and getting more friendly with Turkey and Iran. James Kirchick explains why it shouldn't happen—and never would, anyway.
1 Mar 2011

Strange Bedfellows: War and Minority Rights

War: What is it good for? Well, minority rights for one thing. America's overseas military operations have actually advanced domestic civil rights and liberties.

Yes, Nukes: The Global Zero Utopia

Back in the 1930s, the great powers thought it wise to declare war obsolete. Never mind that it still suited some nations just fine. Fast-forward seventy years and the same illusion stalks the globe again—this time over nuclear weapons.

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 Jan 2011

Anchors Away: American Sea Power in Dry Dock

After a decade of counterinsurgency warfare, it's hard to remember that America's global leadership used to be—and still is—based on its naval power. But that shouldn't excuse utterly neglecting it.

Spoiler Alert: What Syria's President Really Wants

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wants to play every one of his neighbors (not to mention the West) for all they're worth.

The No-Show: Why Values Should Have Mattered in Iraq

The US took its blood and treasure to Iraq to topple a tyrant and build a democracy. But it forgot its most appealing asset, its liberal cultural values, allowing lesser forces to fill the void.
1 Nov 2010

West Meets East: Two New Versions of the Cold War

The Cold War: Is it finally over? Walter Laqueur reviews two new histories of the epic struggle of the 20th century — one Western, one Russian.

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 Jan 2011

The Enemy We Need: Washington Courts a Repressive Uzbekistan—Again

Uzbekistan has one of the most repressive political systems in the world, but these days the country’s strongman Islam Karimov is back in Washington’s good graces.

No Man's Land: The Mystery of Mexico's Drug Wars

What do two gangland massacres in a Mexican no-man's-land say about the country's nebulous world of narco politics and warfare? Gary Moore reports from the outlaw's roost Cerro Prieto, a.k.a. Dark Hill.
1 Nov 2010

Shadow Wars: Debating Cyber 'Disarmament'

No less a figure than President Obama has now acknowledged the existence of Web-based warfare. So shouldn't there be cyber war treaties? NPR's Tom Gjelten explores the often nebulous world of cyber 'disarmament.'

Iron Lady: The Promise of Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

New York Times correspondent Helene Cooper profiles Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the woman leading the African continent into the 21st century.

The Broken Consensus: America's Contested Primacy

Former U.S. Ambassador Eric S. Edelman tackles anew the problem of America's place in the 21st century.
1 Jul 2010

Spook Story: What Really Happened to Mossadeq?

Roya Hakakian reviews Darioush Bayandor's new history on the demise of Iran's beloved prime minister, which challenges the traditional narrative of an innocent postcolonial nation victimized by the CIA.
27 Feb 2006

The Utah of the Middle East

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

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.
1 Nov 2010

Shifting Sands: Why Peace Talks Might Just Work

Renewed peace talks have certainly drawn their share of skepticism, but veteran ABC News correspondent Robert Zelnick, who has just returned from a Mideast trip, reports that conditions are ripe for a successful deal.
1 Jul 2010

All Out: China Turns on the Charm

The Heritage Foundation's Helle C. Dale tells how the U.S. is struggling to keep up with China's massive promotional efforts around the world.
1 Nov 2010

Facts Meet Freedom: On the Air in Afghanistan

The average American sees Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as a Cold War relic—if they even know it still exists at all. But as P. J. O'Rourke reports from Kabul, RFE/RL's Afghan service has become a vital part of that country's life and politics.
1 Sep 2010

'Fair Game' Glamorizes Distortions and Perpetuates Myths

The new film follows a simple Hollywood line, complete with hero, villain, and distressed damsel. The corollary on the right is that Libby took the fall for Cheney. Both are wrong.

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.

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.
30 Apr 2010

Pakistan: Descent into Chaos?

“Nearly everyone I’ve met here over the past week shares a rather grim perspective at the moment, a feeling that Pakistan is teetering on the brink.”
1 Jul 2010

Northern Exposure: Kurdistan After the Withdrawal

Just what will become of the Kurds after America leaves Iraq?
1 May 2010

Hacker Nation: China's Cyber Assault

The Chinese government's recent hacking spate might be news to Americans, but Falun Gong and other dissidents have been dealing for years with the menace of the Communist Party's growing technological prowess.

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