Foreign Affairs

Soft Thinking, Hard Problems

The Obama administration's 2015 National Security Strategy is a revealing document, even if it reveals through inadvertence.

The High Cost of Netanyahu's Comeback

Benjamin Netanyahu’s gambits worked. But at what cost to the future? Israel was already divided, and the harshness of the campaign split it further.

The Senate's 47 Percent

The letter, spearheaded by Sen. Tom Cotton to "instruct" the Iranians about our Constitution, was a blatant effort to blow up the negotiations.

The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

Boehner’s inviting the leader of another nation to criticize our own president, and Netanyahu’s decision to accept, threaten to damage the U.S.-Israeli coalition.

Why Is Boko Haram Succeeding?

Boko Haram is called an Islamic insurgency, but beneath the veneer of religious ideology lies a savage and opportunistic agenda of criminality and bigotry.

'American Sniper'

Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' has provoked criticism from both right and left. It's awash in patriotic spirit, it glorifies war. It's also a pretty bad movie.

No Man's Land

Samet’s memoir has a bone to pick with American society and the Army itself—both, she believes, failed her former West Point cadets, soldiers who never returned.

Let Greece Breathe

Germans seem to have forgotten that Germany was the beneficiary of debt forgiveness several times in the twentieth century, after mistakes far worse than Greece's.

Hidden Behind Words

Does language shape character and culture, or is it the other way around?

Herzl's Vision

Tracing the political thought of Israel's founding father, Shlomo Avineri reminds readers that the Zionism of Herzl's time is very different from Zionism today.

A Good Place to Work

Ernest Hemingway’s long involvement with Cuba illuminates the recent normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and that country.

Time to Step Back from the Ukrainian Conflict

The U.S. and its European allies have been the aggressors in this whole unnecessary confrontation. They are the ones who can call it off. There is zero gain in it.
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Book Reviews

No Man's Land

February 19, 2015 | 5 comments

Herzl's Vision

February 9, 2015 | 0 comments

The People's Republic of Amnesia

January 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Born from the Gaze of God

January 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

December 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Defensive Secretary

May 14, 2014 | 7 comments

Forsaken Ally

September 16, 2013 | 0 comments

The Party of Humanity

September 2, 2013 | 1 comment