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Afghanistan Needs an Army Corps of Engineers

Before we leave, we should leave behind the technological means necessary for Afghanistan to thrive.

A Thirty Years' War in the Middle East

Hopefully the "Arab Spring" conflicts won't last as long.

The Arabs' 1848

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

Essays

The Real Origins of Realpolitik

An allegedly illiberal idea—and its liberal father.

Inglorious Revolutions

Revolutions rarely produce stable democracies and human rights overnight—and it's foolish to expect otherwise.

In Defense of Kissinger

The Blood Telegram gets America's reaction to the 1971 South Asia crisis wrong.

The Age of Nationalism

Nation-states, and conflicts centering on them, remain the defining features of our time.

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.

When Camelot Went to Japan

RFK's public-diplomacy trip turned the relationship around.

Blogs

The Prize for Fencing Stolen Goods

Journalistic coverage of the NSA revelations has hardly been worthy of the Pulitzer.

Books & Reviews

Revisiting Zionism

John B. Judis' new book on Israel is right, but for the wrong reasons.

Inside the Mind of George F. Kennan

The wisest of the wise men.

Western Civilization's Life Coach

A new survey of Western thought begins in bombast and ends in triviality.

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April 18, 2014