Foreign Affairs

'Eye in the Sky'

The atmosphere of moral agony in Eye in the Sky reflects standard-issue Hollywood sentimentality. Politically, it offers Americans moral justification for drone war.

Trump's Foreign 'Policy'

Candidate Trump offers a set of fatuous, swaggering reactions that he trots out in response to various topics in international relations. Is that "policy"?

From Hemingway to Charlie Hebdo

In two new books, Hazareesingh and Bell incorporate American views into the 20th century struggles between republicans and Catholics in France over "basic freedoms"

Uncommon Decency

Simon Leys’s Catholic sensibility is never insistent, and never descends into preachiness. As he said of Confucius, sometimes it can be better to stay silent.

Last Word: Christian Iran

Though many Westerners think of Iran as a theocratic monolith, Christians of various kinds consider it home and see the Shiite majority not as hosts but neighbors.

Anwar al-Awlaki, American

Scott Shane's telling of the U.S.-born Muslim preacher-turned-terrorist and his surveillance by the FBI reveals that the calculus for terrorism is political.

'Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years'

In his latest, Thomas Mallon turns real-life figures like Nixon, Reagan, and Nancy Reagan's astrologer into characters as skillfully as he creates fictional ones.

A Loss of Nerve

The contrast between the response in Europe—reactive, ill-tempered, and chaotic—and that of the countries bordering Syria ought to be a cause of shame.

Last Word: St. Gregory in the Congo

Like St. Gregory, Bishop Djomo of the Congo is committed to building unity among his own local people—and he lives in a world lacking effective public services.

A Shattered Mosaic

Considering how religiously diverse and culturally cosmopolitan its cities were before WWI, few could have foreseen today's calamity for the Middle Eastern region.

'Out of Ashes'

Konrad Jarausch's history of Europe's recent past pursues a fundamental question—what is modernization? And is modern progress liberating for all, or still "dark"?

Letters | An unstifled church, false friends

Readers respond to those "brimming with raw hostility to this liberal pope," and recent challenges to the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.
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