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How to Succeed in Politics

The Tea Party movement is blazing its agenda across America. But this is a movement without a cause. If the Whigs, Populists and Feminists can be co-opted by the Democrats and Republicans, this newest third party will suffer the same fate.

Grassroots Economics

The IMF has become little more than an abettor of bad policymaking. To avoid the next meltdown, the IMF must become a global advocacy group. Diplospeak is out; punchy prose and clear policy recommendations are in.

Dreams of Babylon

Iraq is not yesterday’s war. If Obama withdraws too quickly, the tenuous peace will collapse.

All Kayani's Men

American pressure on Islamabad to crack down on insurgents threatens to split the military in two.

Japan, LLP

Tokyo has by turns been seen as a promising newcomer, an evil enemy, a dedicated junior partner, a serious economic and technological threat, and now a strategic disappointment. This attitude is detrimental to Washington and Tokyo alike.

Rush Hour for the Gods

In South Asia, globalization and politicized religion are causing worlds to collide.


The Peace Jirga

Karzai’s big confab isn’t likely to solve anything.


More troops won’t fix Afghanistan. Our best bet is to create Afghan partners who can fight terrorists on their own.


Phantom Forces II

Someone forgot to fund and build the infrastructure the Afghan security forces need.

The Rough Road to Negotiations in Afghanistan

Peace talks with the Taliban won't be easy, but they are desperately needed to end a war that is hurting all sides.

United States to Iran: “Step Aside, Please”

The idea that Iran doesn't have a stake in Afghanistan and the United States does is absurd.

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April 21, 2014