The Tragic Decline of American Foreign Policy

The tough years are coming to an end—yet the United States continues to fade abroad.

Surprise Attack on Iran: Can Israel Do It?

Israel will need to achieve surprise if it hits Iran's nuclear program—yet that's very hard to do.

A Thirty Years' War in the Middle East

Hopefully the "Arab Spring" conflicts won't last as long.

Afghanistan Needs an Army Corps of Engineers

Before we leave, we should leave behind the technological means necessary for Afghanistan to thrive.

How the Paycheck Fairness Act Will Hurt Women

Harming merit-based pay, flexible work arrangements, 

Be Prepared for an Independent Scotland

It wouldn't be disastrous, but Washington needs a plan.

Even as the outcome of the current crisis in Ukraine remains uncertain, it and the other former Soviet countries are looking at what more they can do to steel themselves against Russian coercion.


An Interview with Alexey Pushkov on Crimea

A key Russian legislator talks about the crisis.

Regional Headlines

No War with Russia? Don't Be So Sure

There is still a real risk that crisis will metastasize into conflict.

Avoiding America's Ultimate Geopolitical Nightmare

The danger of more cooperation between Russia and China. 

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April 17, 2014