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When Camelot Went to Japan

RFK's public-diplomacy trip turned the relationship around.

The Many Faces of Neo-Marxism

The German thinker's name has been attached to a wide range of modern ideas—poststructuralism, postmodernism, gender studies, etc.—yet he was more a man of his day than of ours.

Zionism's Colonial Roots

Netanyahu may insist his state is "not neo-colonial," but Vladimir Jabotinsky, his ideological ancestor, saw things differently.

When Kerry Stormed D.C.

John Kerry was just five years out of Yale when he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and became an instant celebrity.

Ennui Becomes Us

Chaos and randomness abound. The increasing disorder of our world will lead to a sort of global ennui mixed with a disturbingly large dose of individual extremism and dogmatic posturing by states.

The Federalists Go to Brussels

The European Union’s potential for superpower status has been greatly exaggerated. Brussels has neither the stomach for the job, nor the united purpose to undertake it.


Japan's Self-Inflicted Wounds

Impolitic remarks by nationalist politicians harm Tokyo's standing in the region.

Mahan, the Forgotten Grand Strategist

The nineteenth-century naval theorist was more than battleships and bases. He deserves a fresh look.

Inside Iran's Election Surprise

The kingmakers and the man they helped to prevail.


China, Old and New

The old days of back-room machinations under Mao Zedong are gone for good.

Why Is Joe Biden Charging the Secret Service Rent?

The great denouncer of misspent government dollars knows whereof he speaks.

The Rise of Donald Trump

With his tough talk and his take-no-prisoners attitude, Trump is playing the part of a modern-day John Wayne.

Books & Reviews

Roosevelt and His Diplomatic Pawns

FDR masterfully maneuvered the United States into the Second World War without appearing to do so. His corps of envoys and advisers did little to shape the agenda of a strategic and political mastermind.

Lifting the Veil on North Korea

Is North Korea an irrational state or a survivor against all odds?

Introducing Mr. Trevor-Roper

For the great historian Hugh Trevor-Roper—whose poison pen spared no ego and whose toxic overconfidence relegated him to a perpetual almost-ran—refusing to become the false prophet of a grand new theory of history was his greatest triumph.

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April 24, 2014