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Finding Forster

The antiliberal defenders of civilization—resisting the Ground Zero mosque—are wrong. Liberalism still offers the best hope for combating extremism.

On War and Choice

It has long been said that there are wars of necessity and wars of choice. But enemies always adapt, especially in our world of terrorists, failing states and delinquent regimes. Every war is a war of choice.

The Kremlin Begs To Differ

One doesn’t need to be a Russian domestic radical or a foreign Russophobe to see major flaws in the way Russia is ruled. The population, however, is satisfied with the status quo...for now.

Tyranny for the Commons Man

Six billion people are now sharing one planet, one water supply and limited energy resources with a grab-first-ask-questions-later mentality. But there is hope. New insights into human psychology can help manage everything from environmental negot

Detention Nation

George W. Bush’s policies toward terror detainees were perhaps some of his most jaw-dropping. Barack Obama came to office promising to change course. So far, he has done little. It remains to be seen whether the president can—or wants to—develop a

Empire Falls

The United States is in unprecedented decline. Future generations will look back at the past decade as the beginning of the end of American hegemony.


The Defense-Research Culture Clash

The Pentagon's academic spending often causes tension over information security.

Partisans, Reviewed

Lawrence Kaplan’s departure from World Affairs is a worrying sign that intellectuals are focusing on petty sectarian feuds instead of explaining the great issues of our time.

Credibility Gap

If Obama can’t deliver on closing Gitmo, why should foreign governments trust his promises on free trade and climate change?


General McChrystal and Academic Freedom

How to foster free, unbiased discourse in the classroom and beyond.

The Battle of the Bridge

Despite good intentions, there are limits to cooperation between academics and policy makers. It's time to cool the verbal warfare.

Books & Reviews

Scholars of the World Unite!

Superficial analysis says America's universities are on a precipitous decline. The truth is that the U.S. academy has become a paragon of learning to which all the world aspires.

A Revisionist's Burden

Nowadays, history is regularly written by the victims, usually in service of a political agenda. Long-remembered slights poison political debate, often with violent consequences.

Strategic Horizons

Despite predictions to the contrary, America's superpower status remains uncontested.

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April 18, 2014