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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.

For God, King and Country

Over the centuries, the causes and justifications for war have evolved. But we remain caught in a Westphalian mindset, even though the nature of today’s substate threats demands an altogether-different mentality and a new breed of soldier—or at le

A Realist Symposium: Partisans Reviewed

Responding to Dimitri K. Simes’s assertion that we aren’t having a real debate over foreign policy, Derek Chollet argues the Democrats are providing genuine alternatives; Grover G. Norquist looks at the structural reasons inhibiting both parties f

The Right Stuff

The CIA’s estimate of WMD in Iraq is in the spotlight, but it was their assessments of post-Saddam Iraq that were dead-on and deserve attention. David Ignatius highlighted Paul Pillar’s story of how the agency

A Conservative Continuum

The sharp divides within the conservative movement are more imagined than real. Any conservative—whether "paleo" or "neo"— would object to a foreign policy bereft of values.


On Syria: Don't Take Regime Change Off the Table

An effective effort to prevent future chemical weapons use cannot exclude it.

The Snowden Inevitability

The growth of the intelligence-industrial complex has become "the greatest threat to our freedom."

Susan Rice's Snowden Blunder

A statement suggests a mistaken view of the leaker's impact; it could also make trying him harder.


Leaky Thinking About Secrecy

Curbing the rash of spilled national-security secrets is a worthy goal, but it won't be easy.

The Inspirational and Aspirational Bin Ladin

The treasure trove found at bin Laden's compound is not a Rosetta Stone for unlocking terrorist secrets.

What Not to Learn from bin Laden’s Killing

Emotions and overgeneralizations run amok in the wake of the successful bin Laden raid.

Books & Reviews

Passions of Pope Victor

As Europe secularized and the global South becomes the new market for potential converts, Christianity is undergoing a painful evolution.

Report and Retort: Man of Steel, Re-forged

Geoffrey Roberts, the author of Stalin's Wars, responds to Andrew J. Bacevich's review of the book in the September/October issue of The National Interest.

Man of Steel, Re-forged

Geoffrey Roberts treads through morally hazardous territory portraying Stalin as a great statesman.

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April 21, 2014