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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.

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.

War From Cyberspace

As Obama appoints Howard A. Schmidt to a new cybersecurity post, former cyberczar Richard Clarke shows America is the most vulnerable country in the world.

Nuclear Abolition, A Reverie

The hope that we might one day rid the world of nuclear weapons is as old as the technology itself. Atomic destruction has always seemed too great a risk to bear. Yet a nuclear-free world is nothing but a dream—world government, a Praetorian Guard

Curse of the Khyber Pass

Afghanistan is a losing battle. Former-CIA officer Milton Bearden argues the Obama administration should turn to the provinces for answers—and consider arming the militias. Full article 

Empire Falls

The United States is in unprecedented decline. Future generations will look back at the past decade as the beginning of the end of American hegemony.

Commentary

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.

Bombing Can Wait

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

Syria: World Sees Way Out in Lavrov Proposal

Caught between Obama's interventionism and Putin's defense of national sovereignty über alles, an international solution is attractive to many.

Blogs

Don't Blacklist Russia

Isolating Russia over human-rights concerns will only backfire. And it's not like America's record has been stellar over the last decade, either.

Carnegie's Saturnine Russia Meeting

One would think the U.S. and European record of failure when intervening in Russian political affairs would induce some circumspection.

Books & Reviews

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying

From the bikini to the doomsday clock, with the advent of nuclear weapons everything around us seemed to change. Contrarian political scientist John Mueller takes issue with this conventional view of the Atomic Age.

Preventing the Unthinkable

Graham Allison paints a frightful picture of nuclear terrorism. But all is not yet lost.

Who Won the War?

In the Cold War, Reagan overreached--and hit the mark.

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April 18, 2014