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Beyond the Russian Reset

A period of apparent warming between Moscow and Washington has fallen apart as underlying troubles remain unaddressed.

Finding Forster

The antiliberal defenders of civilization—resisting the Ground Zero mosque—are wrong. Liberalism still offers the best hope for combating extremism.

Pariahs in Tehran

We shouldn't believe all we hear about the success of Obama's Iran strategy. The world needs to put a stranglehold on Tehran.

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.

Dreams of Babylon

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


Handling the Unstoppable Terror Threat

Not all acts of terrorism are preventable. A resilience approach to homeland security is thus crucial.

Obama Turns Toward Taiwan

After a cooling period that began in the later Bush administration, U.S.-Taiwanese relations are warming back up.

Guantanamo Bay Is Here to Stay

The military trials at the terrorist holding facility are a balanced solution to a tough dilemma.


Good Counterterrorism Is Cheap, and Expensive Counterterrorism Is Not Good

The idea that Bin Laden's death was the product of America's massive defense expenditures is balderdash.

In Search of a Defensible Detention Policy

The problem of dealing with terrorist detainees keeps getting murkier and muddier. Ideas, anyone?

Iraqi Political Culture on Display

Don't breathe a sigh of relief yet. Baghdad is still ruled by narrow-minded politicians, not liberal democrats.

Books & Reviews

Punditry at the Drive-Thru

Peter Beinart's books represent the intellectual equivalent of what nutritionists call the empty-calorie principle.

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.

Eating Vichyssoise in Athens

Beyond the latest rows, institutional paralysis and financial incompetence, the scars of war have plainly not all been healed. Is there a deeper collapse of European self-confidence?

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April 16, 2014