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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Spoils of Babylon

Kirkuk is about to bring Iraq back into civil war. The Obama administration is moving toward a settlement of this disputed region that will anger everyone.

Notes from the Balkans

The United States should not balk at getting more deeply involved in the volatile Balkans: a well-crafted foreign policy could yield real results.


When it comes to Iraq's Kurds, the United States needs to make a deal with Turkey or face the consequences later.

Auditing Arrogance

Three months before the start of the American operation in Iraq I visited the United States, where I met with Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

Talking Turkey

Europe has long viewed Turkey as a parent would a troubled stepchild. But a vibrant and increasingly powerful Turkey is making such an attitude absurd--and dangerous.

Qu'est-ce qu'une refutation?

Anatol Lieven's article "Qu'est-ce qu'une nation?" (Fall 1997) is, like the curate's boiled egg in the old Punch cartoon, good in parts.


Eagle in a China Shop

The U.S. tendency to think of all nations as coherent nation-states has led to repeated disaster.

Syrian Peace and the Bosnia Precedent

Could the Dayton agreement be a model for ending the Syrian civil war?

Nation Building Fails in the Balkans

Despite decades of Western intervention, the former Yugoslavia seems to stay the same.


The West’s Rube Goldberg Schemes in the Balkans Come Apart

The Balkan nation-building fiasco is no longer Washington's problem. It's time to let go of American national narcissism and let the EU handle the newest Bonsia-Herzegovina-Serbia-Kosovo mess.

Washington’s Bosnia Fiasco

The creation of Bosnia was a mistake, and the pretend country is turning into a political time bomb.

Books & Reviews

Heirs of Sargon

Iraq has a long and tortured history. Home to the tyrant, the origins of despotism lie in the primordial ooze of the Mesopotamian swamp. Yet for a brief moment fifty years ago, the land of two rivers experienced democracy.

China's Power Paradox

China has striven to moderate at least the appearence of its global ambitions.

Europe's New Narrative

Why the Cold War was so instrumental in Europe's success.

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April 24, 2014