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If Israel Attacks

As things stand, if Iran continues on its path toward obtaining the bomb, Israel will strike, and the consequences would be disastrous for the entire world. Here's how America can convince Israel to live with a nuclear Iran.

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.

On War and Choice

It has long been said that there are wars of necessity and wars of choice. But enemies always adapt, especially in our world of terrorists, failing states and delinquent regimes. Every war is a war of choice.

The Kremlin Begs To Differ

One doesn’t need to be a Russian domestic radical or a foreign Russophobe to see major flaws in the way Russia is ruled. The population, however, is satisfied with the status quo...for now.

Shades of Abu Ghraib

The grisly subject of torture is back with us again. A look back at the dark days of de Gaulle's struggle to hold onto Algeria reveals consequences that echo loudly in our newest fight to retain what it means to be civilized.

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.

Commentary

Morocco as Role Model

Egypt, Syria, and the rest of the Arab world could learn from Morocco's peaceful and plural society.

Syria and North Korea: A Real Axis of Evil

Pyongyang's history with the Assad regime isn't getting enough attention.

The Coming Nuclear War with...the Soviet Union?

Our nuclear forces are as ready as ever to keep the USSR in line.

Blogs

Anne-Marie Slaughter Conquers Uncertainty

Did Syria use chemical weapons in December? State Department officials aren't sure. But Anne-Marie Slaughter is.

The Perils of Nation Rebuilding: Sesame Street and the Corruption of Pakistan

When an innocent children's show ends up being pilfered for dollars, it's time to rethink Washington's aid plan.

On Deaf Ears: U.S. Public Diplomacy and Iran

Why the latest U.S. effort to engage the Iranian public is doomed to fail.

Books & Reviews

Battle Hymn of the Diplomats

Awash in Wilsonian hubris, the State Department’s meandering and militaristic QDDR will ensure Foggy Bottom remains second-rate—both inside the Beltway and overseas.

America Under the Caesars

Anti-interventionists allege our leaders traded a strong, austere republic for a weak and sprawling empire predicated on a military might that could not match our own ambitions. This narrative negates real threats and real victories.

Passions of Pope Victor

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

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April 16, 2014