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Notes from the Balkans

The United States should not balk at getting more deeply involved in the volatile Balkans: a well-crafted foreign policy could yield real results.

India's Ascending Path

India is being courted by Russia, China and the United States. Heady stuff—as long as India’s leaders don’t forget they still have some pressing domestic challenges.

In the Tsunami's Wake

It was a human tragedy, but not an economic disaster.

Banking on Turkey

On the eve of EU accession, Turkey's financial sector is poised to take off.

Enforcing Nuclear Disarmament

Nigeria, Kazakhstan, the Congo: What do they have in common? All have nuclear reactors with the blessing of the UN. Is this "counter-proliferation" fit for an age of terror.

The Cult of Precaution

The high priests of the European Commission invoke the arcane scripture of the Precautionary Principle to justify their environmental enyclicals--the wages of reason be damned.

Commentary

Moldova's Democratic Moment

Most former Soviet states are autocratic, but freedom is in the air in the land on the Dniester.

Nation Building Fails in the Balkans

Despite decades of Western intervention, the former Yugoslavia seems to stay the same.

China and the Awkward Embrace

Beijing is neither enemy nor friend. It is both an economic partner and a security rival.

Blogs

A Worried Washington Confronts Turkey

Formerly staunch allies, Turkey and the United States are becoming estranged.

Is Time Magazine Anti-Semitic?

Maybe Israel isn't a vulnerable, struggling outpost. Heaven forbid Israelis enjoy the fruits of prosperity.

Books & Reviews

Meaning Well

Maximilian II managed to be both ahead of his time and behind it simultaneously. His life warns us against allowing ourselves to fall into a similar predicament.

Uncomfortable, but Invaluable

Urban's is not a happy memoir. The subtitle, My War Within the Cold War, sums up his theme. The new policy involved years of often bitter struggle with both grotesque reactionaries and Western appeasers.

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April 21, 2014