The Middle East

The Threat of Peace

The opportunity to roll back Iran’s nuclear program should not be forfeited because of the belligerent posturing of Netanyahu and hawks on Capitol Hill.

Limited & Proportionate

President Obama is right to show restraint on Syria. But that doesn’t mean the United States should stand and watch great crimes being committed.

Will Our Polarization Cripple Us?

It was only a matter of time before our polarized politics threatened to destroy a president’s authority. Will Congress let that happen?

Obama's Syrian Agony

An armed conflict with the Syrian government, even of limited duration, was never part of the president's dream.

Time to Intervene?

Syria’s civil war has been going on for more than two years. Seventy thousand people have been killed, most of them civilians. More than 3 million Syrians...

The False God of 'Narrative'

"What if the government starts enforcing the espionage statute whenever there's a leak?" Steve Roberts, a former New York Times journalist...

Broken Promises

On the evening of April 15—the day two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than two hundred eighty—President...

The Culture of Preconception

The political response to the Boston Marathon bombings suggests that we live in an age of shrink-wrapped, prepackaged opinions. When something new comes along, we...

This Time Is No Different

The blood runs cold when one fully appreciates how vulnerable Western policymakers are to slogans and magical thinking. The Reinhart-Rogoff case is the latest, and...

Outside the Law

Jess Bravin’s The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay traces the vexed history of the military commissions at Guantánamo, established...

Unfriendly Skies

Polls show that the vast majority of Americans do not want armed drones circling their own neighborhoods. Who could blame us for not wanting to be taken out by a...

Walled In

Shin Bet, Israel’s security agency, oversees counterterrorism and intelligence gathering in Israel and the Palestinian territories. It also bears...
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Book Reviews

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

December 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Outside the Law

April 22, 2013 | 1 comment

Imperial Illusions

January 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Fertile Crescent?

September 26, 2011 | 0 comments

An Act of Remembrance

March 14, 2011 | 0 comments

Ambiguous Promises

February 4, 2011 | 0 comments