A Political and Literary Forum
As both politicians and historians mine the 1940s for alternate visions of international order, we must guard against the presumption that the United States remains the benevolent center of global politics.
Edward Snowden’s actions can be justified, but not as civil disobedience.
The West likes morality plays with clear heroes and villains, in which we play the role of savior.
Alex de Waal
With terrorism scares aplenty, how worried should one be?
Democratic forces persist amid brutal regime violence and sectarian conflict.
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
The United States will lose the war for control of the Middle East.
Andrew J. Bacevich, Stephen Kinzer
Niall Ferguson’s protestations aside, Henry Kissinger was the quintessential foreign policy realist.
Negotiations may ease the humanitarian crisis—while strengthening Assad.
Fears of terrorism, and President Erdoğan’s rivalry with an exiled theologian, have become excuses for censorship and repression.
Railways are leaving themselves at risk of dangerous hacking—and they know it.
For anti-Assad rebels, a southern spring has become a kind of suicide bomb.
The massacre led immediately to national security fantasies.
The history of terrorism in France offers lessons in how best to respond to the Paris attacks.
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Joseph J. Fischel
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