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Asia's Looming Power Shift

The choices of China, India and Japan will define Asia's future. Their lack of unity and diversity of weaknesses will leave big problems unaddressed.

The Case for Norman Angell

He said that economic interdependence had made war obsolete. Four years later, World War One turned him into a laughingstock. Yet his later career saw him abandon many of his own illusions.

U.S., China and Thucydides

How can Washington and Beijing avoid typical patterns of distrust and fear?

How to Reverse Failed Policy

U.S. policy makers have all too often clung to orthodoxies even as they fail. Yet a select few have managed to turn the ship of state around, to a better course.

Israel's Fraying Image

There are growing signs of a divergence in American-Israeli relations and interests. 

The Mythical Liberal Order

A cooperative, law-based international system remains an aspiration, not a reality.


Benched: The Slow Erosion of Sanctions

A string of recent European court rulings threatens to weaken an essential tool in fighting terrorism, crime and proliferation.

Why No Middle Eastern Metternichs?

An inclusive and legitimate regional security agreement could be the answer to the Middle East's most serious problem: an instable order.

North Korea's Chemical Shop of Horrors

And you thought Syria was scary.


The Long Road of Negotiations

Troublesome allies and domestic naysayers threaten to derail fledgling talks with Iran.

Americans Don't Want a War

They are being swayed by mindless alarmism, not sober considerations of what a nuclear Iran would mean—which makes their expressed aversion to a war all the more telling. 

A Responsibility to Protect?

If Obama decides to intervene in Syria, he will have a hard time selling it to a skeptical American public.

Books & Reviews

The Contradictions of George Kennan

George Kennan presents a study in paradox. With penetrating scholarship, John Lewis Gaddis explores Kennan’s complex psychology and provides an intellectual history of the Cold War in his comprehensive and wonderfully written biography.

Have Gun, Will Travel

The story of the AK-47 reads like a Stalinist myth. Whether it's true or not, the gun is a sure sign of humanity's penchant for violent solutions to conflict.

Qutb and the Jews

The conventional wisdom says Sayyid Qutb is the forefather of modern-day Islamic fundamentalism. What is less known is how the thinker's intense anti-Semitism and contempt for female sexuality contributed to this vulgar worldview.

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April 16, 2014