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When Camelot Went to Japan

RFK's public-diplomacy trip turned the relationship around.

Beyond the Russian Reset

A period of apparent warming between Moscow and Washington has fallen apart as underlying troubles remain unaddressed.

Syria's Crisis of Transition

History shows that an internationally led negotiation is the best way out of the civil war, but the situation isn't yet ripe for action.

The Zawahiri Era

Meet Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian doctor-turned-jihadist-mastermind—and the new head of al-Qaeda. He will out-terrorize his predecessor. Prepare for the new age of jihad.

Unintelligent Design

In the wake of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Americans cried out for catharsis. The 9/11 Commission delivered. What we are left with is an ill-conceived bureacracy in the guise of reform.

The Anarchic Republic of Pakistan

Pakistan's military-intelligence complex is too preoccupied with countering India to mount a serious campaign against radicals who threaten the nation's survival. The country is being destroyed from within.

Commentary

Syria's Real Threat: Biological Weapons

The chemical weapons aren't the most dangerous tool Bashar al-Assad has.

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.

Doing Red Lines Right

Syria and Iran won't be deterred by vague commitments.

Blogs

NATO and Turkey: Moribund Alliances, Military Snares and Unnecessary Wars

NATO has turned into an association that drags members into everyone else’s wars, actually reducing collective security.

Libya's Deep Tribalism

Are we seeing the early signs of a Libyan Civil War? Washington should keep its distance.

The Balkan Human Tragedy Continues

Washington is not offering foreign aid to Balkan refugees. It is offering reparations for helping displace them in the first place.

Books & Reviews

Gods in Flight

Think airpower is the military strategy cure-all? Martin van Creveld begs to differ. His latest offering argues that aerial armaments have failed to confer a decisive advantage, tricking aggressors into believing that victory will be easy.

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.

America Under the Caesars

Anti-interventionists allege our leaders traded a strong, austere republic for a weak and sprawling empire predicated on a military might that could not match our own ambitions. This narrative negates real threats and real victories.

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April 18, 2014