Foreign Affairs

Soft Thinking, Hard Problems

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

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.

Boehner's Blunder

Whatever political advantage John Boehner hoped to gain by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, his decision is likely to backfire.

'Austerity' Not Spoken Here?

"Austerity" has been the common language of the modern international economy, but is under attack now by the new interpretation of wealth accumulation and finance.

Call It Courage

The Paris terrorists attacked a principle central to all liberal democracies: the freedom to speak one’s mind freely, without fear of being locked up gunned down.

Robert E. White, 1926 - 2015

Robert White never forgot the murders of four churchwomen in El Salvador, and never ceased pressing for better political and economic conditions in Latin America.

Victims, Not Heroes

Are those who died heroes and martyrs for free speech and tolerance? Not every victim is a martyr, and one does not become a hero simply by offending people.

French Brother, Human Brother

I am sad for France of course, for the journalists and the others who died. But mainly I am sad for mankind. For the person who got shot, but also for him who fired.

'Lawful but Awful'

In defending the use of drones, Obama has classical just-war tradition on his side. But just-war tradition has come to be read in a new and legalistic way.
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Book Reviews

Kill Chain

May 18, 2015 | 0 comments

The Young T.E. Lawrence

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

American Reckoning

March 26, 2015 | 3 comments

Hitler's First Victims

March 26, 2015 | 0 comments

No Man's Land

February 19, 2015 | 5 comments

Herzl's Vision

February 9, 2015 | 0 comments