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Lessons of the Syrian Reactor

The intelligence failures of Iraq seriously constrained policy makers in other areas.

Re-Occupy Iraq?

If the United States seeks to quell the civil war in Iraq, re-occupation may be the answer.

Jigsaw Jihadism

Ethnic terrorist groups like Hamas can be engaged but there is no negotiating with religious terrorists. A strategy for splitting up the Al-Qaeda network.

Al-Qaeda's Media Strategies

Jihad is as virtual as it is real.

Jihad, Unintended

To err is human. Not to learn from one's mistakes--and to jeopardize the nation's security in the process--is unforgivable.

Finding the Lost Peace

Arafat's death opened a real window for peace--but it won't stay open for long.


Bombing Can Wait

Washington will have more leverage in a negotiation than it would after an attack.

From Putin With Love

Thanks to Mr. Putin, Washington has been given another chance to demonstrate the leadership that President Obama insists is America’s unique burden and responsibility.

Who Ordered Syria's Chemical Attack?

A smart response requires a clear answer.


Anne-Marie Slaughter Conquers Uncertainty

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

Books & Reviews

A War, or Un-War?

Experts Peña and Pham square off on Iraq.

The Road to Damascus . . .

Itamar Rabinovich's The Brink of Peace is a masterly chronicle of the Syrian-Israeli peace negotiations of 1993-96, in which Israel and Syria--and America--once staked so much hope.

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April 24, 2014