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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?

Banishing the Ghosts of Heldenplatz

NATO must hold together if it is to prevent a return of Europe's bloody old days.

Wake Up, Central Europe

History is back.

Essays

Europe: Strategic Drifter

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

All Roads Lead to Berlin

Germany is no longer Europe’s most troublesome player. It’s now an indispensable nation. The power of this transformation is personified by Chancellor Angela Merkel and her delicate political and diplomatic balancing act.

The Divided Map of Europe

The Continent’s many identities and fault lines stretch back into the nether centuries of European history. All have been influenced by the immutable force of geography, which also will shape Europe’s future.

Europe's Zero-Sum Dilemma

The European debt debacle has made a mockery of the original hopes that inspired the European project. The EU may not survive the current crisis—and even if it does, it could be a severely diminished organization.

Night Thoughts on Europe

Europe’s problems go far beyond deflating currency and rising debt. It suffers from a lack of will, a crisis of confidence—and a serious identity problem. The once-great superpower has already fallen. Centuries of predominance slip away.

St. Peter and the Minarets

The Catholic Church is under assault. A secularizing West, the encroachment of Islam into Europe, and the sexual-abuse scandal all threaten the Vatican's ability to influence the masses. The Church's response will be felt worldwide.

Blogs

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.

Ukraine: Obama’s “Provocative-But-Weak Approach”

A string of dangerous errors.

Books & Reviews

The Priesthood of Central Bankers

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

What Rawls Hath Wrought

The human-rights movement is nothing more than an unattainable utopian dream used to justify moral ends through ruinous wars of intervention.

First Bank of the Living Dead

As the Great Recession gnaws at our very belief in the ability of capitalism to raise us to ever-escalating levels of wealth and prosperity, Keynes's no-longer-viable financial prescriptions are being resurrected.

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April 18, 2014