Foreign Affairs

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.

‘A Man Without Cattle Is Lost’

The fragile economy of Uganda's Karamoja region is one that is based on cattle, just as life is, and that life has never been easy.

Russian Spring

A friendship between two priests manifests the possibility of different relations between Orthodoxy and Catholicism in easternmost Europe.

Back to Iraq?

The current situation in Iraq may pull the United States back into that country, and thus threatens to undermine Obama’s efforts to reorient American foreign policy.

The Bells of Balangiga

in 1901, U.S. troops took as war booty some church bells that were rung as a signal for Filipino insurgents. For decades, Filipinos have been urging their return.
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The People's Republic of Amnesia

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Born from the Gaze of God

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Forsaken Ally

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The Party of Humanity

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