A Political and Literary Forum
During the Cold War, the “police apparatus” was held up as a prime example of Soviet repression. Yet in its efforts to fight subversives, the United States ended up with its own carceral state.
With Assad preparing a major offensive on the last rebel stronghold, the United States must offer a path forward.
Aslı U. Bâli, Aziz Rana
As the Trump–Putin summit made clear, U.S. policy in Syria has always been about grand strategy—never about what would actually help the people on the ground.
Trump has promised a Korean "peace regime." But whose peace is being insured? And who is subject to its imposition?
Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing is later this week. Here’s why we should all be concerned.
To understand Russian and U.S. strategies, you have to read between the lines.
Thomas Graham, Rajan Menon
What differentiates the crimes of a terrorist, hacker, or non-state actor from those of a president who launches a nuclear weapon?
Elaine Scarry, Jonathan King, Bruce Ackerman, Kennette Benedict, Bruce Blair, Sissela Bok, Rosa Brooks, John Burroughs, Hugh Gusterson, Edward Markey, Jim McGovern, Zia Mian, William Perry
The resistance to the Vietnam War was the most diverse and dynamic antiwar movement in U.S. history. We have all but forgotten it today.
Christian G. Appy
On becoming the collateral damage of American warmongering.
Victoria-Lola M. Leon Guerrero
As Trump tweets us closer to war, a look back at North Korean nationalism may provide an out.
Odd Arne Westad
Since its origins, the United States has grappled with the role of the military in a democracy. Given Trump's latest moves, do the people still decide who will be killed in their name?
One year after Turkey's failed coup, retribution has become a farcical national obsession.
Our defense budget is like an annual gift card for military adventures. Increasing it now is a terrible idea.
Benjamin H. Friedman
Vital reading on politics, literature, and more in your inbox
Robin D. G. Kelley, Vijay Iyer
Nikhil Pal Singh
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