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The Tragic Decline of American Foreign Policy

The tough years are coming to an end—yet the United States continues to fade abroad.

Is Estonia Worth a War?

Ukraine is more important, yet everyone in Washington agrees it's not worth fighting Russia over. What's that mean for NATO?


China: Superpower or Superbust?

Beijing faces new challenges after impressive decades. 

Asia's Looming Power Shift

The choices of China, India and Japan will define Asia's future. Their lack of unity and diversity of weaknesses will leave big problems unaddressed.

The Case for Norman Angell

He said that economic interdependence had made war obsolete. Four years later, World War One turned him into a laughingstock. Yet his later career saw him abandon many of his own illusions.

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?

Beyond the Russian Reset

A period of apparent warming between Moscow and Washington has fallen apart as underlying troubles remain unaddressed.

Europe: Strategic Drifter

Economic weakness and geopolitical shifts may see Europe choose a foreign policy of weakness.


What To Do After Peace Process Failure

Good and bad ideas.

The Aboutalebi Affair in Context

The law and politics of denying Iran's prospective UN ambassador a visa.

NATO Expansion and the Road to Simferopol

Why the alliance moved east—against its own interests.

Books & Reviews

Energy Politics vs. the Earth

The current economic climate makes a needed shift to renewable energy tough.

The Priesthood of Central Bankers

Central bankers have amassed unprecedented power, and yet lack serious political counterweights.

Whose World Is It Anyway?

Charles Kupchan’s engaging new tome describes a world where global governance is collapsing and nations have only the barest common ground of agreement. But his analysis is marred by unworkable policy prescriptions and a static perspective.

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April 18, 2014