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Erdogan, the Anti-Ataturk

The legacy of the man who dragged Turkey into the twentieth century is at risk to the rival vision of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

America's Default Foreign Policy

Humanitarian interventions have become the reflex position in Washington. But the American public is more nationalistic and more skeptical of foreign do-goodery. Could a reckoning be at hand?

Wasting the Golden Hour in America's Iraq Meltdown

A firsthand account of the U.S. failure to seize the initiative in the early days of the Iraq occupation.

How to Reverse Failed Policy

U.S. policy makers have all too often clung to orthodoxies even as they fail. Yet a select few have managed to turn the ship of state around, to a better course.

Lessons of the Syrian Reactor

The intelligence failures of Iraq seriously constrained policy makers in other areas.

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.


India's Nuclear Weapons Folly

Despite what others contend, New Delhi's decision to acquire nuclear weapons has proven to be a mistake.

South China Sea Festers

While the world watches Syria, tension builds.

The Sources of the Sino-American Spiral

Almost all of China's foreign-policy options would lead to more conflict with America—and vice versa.


The Flexible Principles of Edward Snowden

A man claiming to defend freedom seeks the protection of those who most readily violate it.

Anne-Marie Slaughter Conquers Uncertainty

Did Syria use chemical weapons in December? State Department officials aren't sure. But Anne-Marie Slaughter is.

Obama's October Surprise: Bombing Iran

Are the neocons on the verge of capturing Obama?

Books & Reviews

The Limits of U.S. Financial Warfare

The Treasury Department has run up an impressive list of tactical victories against rogue regimes, terrorists and criminals. But what is the strategy?

The McChrystal Way of War

The general was an innovative thinker in the midst of major changes in the Army.

Al Qaeda Rises in Yemen's Chaos

How the deadly offshoot of the infamous terror group got its start.

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April 18, 2014