Foreign Affairs

The High Road

Scotland voted “No” to independence by 55 to 45 percent. But my referendum-day journey provides a clue to what was happening in Scotland in the summer of 2014.

Browsers Welcome

From its inception Amazon has sought to disrupt the traditional bookselling market. Now France is trying to disrupt Amazon while protecting independent bookstores.

Consider This

Despite optimistic hopes for a new “democracy of opinion,” what is more like a new anarchy of opinion has not overcome public skepticism.

China & Its Challenges

China's Xi Jinping insists he will tolerate no concessions to the calls for electoral and governmental reform now being made in mass demonstrations in Hong Kong.

The Illusion of Control

Instead of accepting the cold calculus of politicians, we should look to something deeper for clues about the real sources of peace and conflict.

The Case Against Intervention

Recent evidence suggests that if we intervene in Syria, we are less likely to end the suffering than to compound it, stretching the killing out over decades.

Muddled?

The United States commences air strikes against ISIS, without a clear sense of what can be achieved and without authorization from Congress.

Obama, Beyond the Sound Bite

The president has reason to be frustrated that one sentence ripped out of context can paint a picture of a directionless approach to the world.

Small Problem, Big Solution

Do certain seemingly insignificant habits have a profound impact on our lives—on our success in school, at work, and even in our marriages?
A stone marking the boundary between Alsace-Lorraine and France after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71

Why We Fight

If revanchism seems far-fetched, even old-fashioned, consider the passions at work today in familiar trouble spots.
Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the province of Ninevah, Iraq, Aug. 6

Reluctant Rescue

Does the threat of ISIS justify expanding military involvement in Iraq? Obama faces a decision he set out to avoid.

Irish Catholicism's Two Abuse Crises

Irish Catholicism’s abuse crises are more than just an Irish problem, and more than just a Catholic problem.
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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