The Middle East
The Obama administration's 2015 National Security Strategy is a revealing document, even if it reveals through inadvertence.
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.
Whatever political advantage John Boehner hoped to gain by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, his decision is likely to backfire.
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.
Ancient religions that have survived centuries are often the most persecuted: Mandaeans, Yazidis, Zoroastrians, Druze, Samaritans, Copts, and the Kalasha.
Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again? In light of reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report, I fear we can't.
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 United States commences air strikes against ISIS, without a clear sense of what can be achieved and without authorization from Congress.
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.
If revanchism seems far-fetched, even old-fashioned, consider the passions at work today in familiar trouble spots.
Does the threat of ISIS justify expanding military involvement in Iraq? Obama faces a decision he set out to avoid.
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