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John Kerry

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.

The New Yorker Casts Its Ballot

One of America's top magazines often appeared smug as it covered 2012 elections.

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.

For God, King and Country

Over the centuries, the causes and justifications for war have evolved. But we remain caught in a Westphalian mindset, even though the nature of today’s substate threats demands an altogether-different mentality and a new breed of soldier—or at le

Conflicts Without Borders

How to contain the virus of ethnic conflict.

Re-Occupy Iraq?

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


Syria's Real Threat: Biological Weapons

The chemical weapons aren't the most dangerous tool Bashar al-Assad has.

Russia Is Back

Russia's role in the Syria deal makes it appear more powerful. It's an illusion Obama shouldn't encourage.

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.


The Susan Rice Disaster

Picking the easily-attacked UN representative to succeed Hillary Clinton would amplify the crisis in the national-security establishment.

Wars and Aisle-Crossing

Without clear party-line cues to follow, people—politicians included—are forced to do more serious thinking for themselves.

Petulance and the Ratification of Treaties

Why the Russians must be feeling disgust, disdain, thankfulness and ultimately satisfaction over the U.S. Senate's nonsense on New START.

Books & Reviews

Passions of Pope Victor

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

How to Fight Terrorism

Radical Islam is its own worst enemy. It will marginalize itself unless the United States overreacts.

Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?

There is no shortage of books on security and strategy in a world beset by terror. "Fortunately," writes Harvey Sicherman, "most are short."

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April 19, 2014