Debating Afghanistan

Should Kabul be the focus of Obama’s strategic agenda? Former NIO Pillar argues intervention has devolved into a worthless quagmire. Iraq War veteran Nagl believes we must vanquish al-Qaeda to the borderlands of AfPak.

All the President's Dreams

President Obama came to office promising a new era in international affairs. So far, he’s been big on rhetoric and has accomplished little. Obama’s inability to prioritize foreign policy risks destroying his presidency.

Richard Burt

Of Skulls and Buttocks

Europeans came to believe everything beautiful emanated from the Caucasus. The journey of their swarthy Mediterranean forebears was transformed into a caricature of the white marble statues they left behind.

Democracy & Its Discontents

The inevitability of republicanism as the answer to infinite governmental woes seemed clear. Yet the belief that the world abhors an ideological vacuum was mistaken.

A Real Liberal

Liberal Democrats and Dick Cheney have found common cause: blasting Barack Obama. The Left needs to leave the president alone.

Nuclear Lemonade

Obama is right to encourage the use of nuclear energy. Let’s hope he’s actually serious about it—and not just trying to score political points with union workers.