Politics Commentary

Democracy on the Brink in Iraq

After the election, will the Shi'a, Sunni, and Kurdish parties cooperate?

Enrique Peña Nieto: the Most Interesting Man in the World

Philandering, gaffe-prone, possibly corrupt—and very effective.

Afghanistan's Murky Choice

The first round of voting in the presidential election is over, but the outcome is far from decided.

GOP Hawks Gear Up for War on Rand Paul

Wary at first, neoconservatives are stepping up the pressure on the Kentucky senator.

Korean and Japanese Legislators Working Together

Despite often tense relations, legislative exchanges have occured between the two for decades. Deepening that aspect of the relationship could be constructive.

Be Prepared for an Independent Scotland

It wouldn't be disastrous, but Washington needs a plan.

The Arabs' 1848

Europe's century of upheaval—and the revolutions in the middle of them—offer insights into the post–Arab Spring world.

Khamenei's Nuclear Dilemma

Iran's supreme leader is struggling to manage his hardline supporters.

China Not Full of Raging Nationalists

Beijing often suggests its hands are tied by widespread patriotic fury. Polls suggest otherwise.

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April 20, 2014