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Stephen Walt

Israel's Fraying Image

There are growing signs of a divergence in American-Israeli relations and interests. 


The Israel lobby controversy shows how some substitute character assasination for serious debate.  American national interests suffer.


The High Cost of U.S. Foreign Policy

What benefits have our many interventions brought?

The Assault on Chuck Hagel

The straw man polemics of the Nebraskan's critics shouldn't stop Obama from nominating him.

Israel's Bogeyman

The campaign against Chas Freeman was a waste of time. People concerned about Israel’s safety should worry about Iran, not some minor bureaucrat.


Opinions in Uniform

There is a very real place in foreign-policy debates for current and retired military personnel. Civilian governments would be wise to listen.

A Foreign Policy President

Why it's better to deal with Hamid Karzai than John Boehner.

The Ineffable Lobby

Washington is letting the Israelis start building again--and endangering the peace process. The Israel Lobby, anyone?

Books & Reviews

The Tao of the Arab Center

The Bush administration may have gotten a lot wrong, but there is still hope for America’s policy in the Middle East. Three books shed some light on how the United States can get over Iraq.

Reflections from the Right

The conservative movement is cracking up—just look at three memoirs of former administration officials. These new books may engage in justification and self-aggrandizement, but they do prescribe salves for fixing the conservative experiment.

Bridge On The River Euphrates

The much-vaunted surge has made Iraq safer. But more boots in the desert is not the only reason security has improved. As U.S. forces get ready to leave, we have to face some inconvenient political realities.

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April 16, 2014