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Congress

Asia's Looming Power Shift

The choices of China, India and Japan will define Asia's future. Their lack of unity and diversity of weaknesses will leave big problems unaddressed.

America's Default Foreign Policy

Humanitarian interventions have become the reflex position in Washington. But the American public is more nationalistic and more skeptical of foreign do-goodery. Could a reckoning be at hand?

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.

Leading Blindly across a Minefield

The international system is at a transformative moment. Yet President Obama has failed to set a direction for America.

America's Civic Deadlock and the Politics of Crisis

Congress is paralyzed. National debt is skyrocketing. America’s political consensus can no longer address the country’s most basic problems. We must resolve the question of what will replace it.

Deepwater Horizon

The Macondo oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is about to spur a bureaucratic overreaction that will ruin America's chance at becoming an energy exporter.

Commentary

Budget Battle Anarchy

The present character of the debt-ceiling debate undermines constitutional order.

America's Middle East Policy Collapses

Accepting the Russian deal is a major blow.

Why No Middle Eastern Metternichs?

An inclusive and legitimate regional security agreement could be the answer to the Middle East's most serious problem: an instable order.

Blogs

America's Flawed and Fragile Democracy

The 2012 election saw several undemocratic trends emerge.

Let Sequestration Happen

The most dramatic option for cutting defense spending also may be the only viable one.

The Limitless Global War

The myth of a coherent "Al Qaeda" is being used to justify illegal, unconstitutional warfare.

Books & Reviews

The Critique of Pure Kagan

Robert Kagan has issued a cri de coeur urging Americans to reject calls for reduced U.S. military spending, curtailments in the country’s global commitments and restraint on its interventionist impulses. But his prescriptions are shortsighted.

Beinart's Quest to Save Zionism

How can an Israeli PM mobilize U.S. politicians against a U.S. president committed to Israeli interests? Beinart's provocative answer: U.S. Jewish leaders commandeered Jewish organizations and turned them into agencies for Likud interests.

Death by Irrelevance

Rockefeller, Lindsay, Scranton—just three of the “moderates” who failed to keep the GOP from the clutches of Goldwater and Nixon. Geoffrey Kabaservice laments their defeat with a wistfulness that obscures from him their true frustration.

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April 20, 2014