The Middle East

Illegal Tactic, Unending War

It is a profound but nearly universal mistake among Americans (and others) to think that the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2013 or 2014 will end...

An Artifice of Unity

Lebanon is one of the few Middle Eastern countries where large Christian and Muslim populations coexist in a secular state. How long can this remain so? With the...

How the Right Wing Lost in 2012

The right wing has lost the election of 2012.The evidence for this is overwhelming, yet it is the year's best-kept secret. Mitt Romney would not be throwing...

Unclear Choice, Troubling Policies

The third American presidential debate was of negligible interest as a test of the qualities of the candidates, whatever it did or did not do to the presidential...

Foreign Policy Pieces Don't Fit

The principal problem with Mitt Romney's foreign policy statements is not that his position swings widely, or that he often reverses himself, according to the...

Friendly Advice From Egypt

The interview given the New York Times by the new president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, on the eve of his trip to New York for the annual United Nations General...

Taking on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently took to the Sunday morning political talk shows to dodge accusations that he has been meddling in America’s...

The Loss of Syria

The violence that has engulfed Syria since March 2011 provides the latest and arguably most brutal evidence of the extremes to which a totalitarian regime will go...

Campaigns Touch Briefly on Wars

Politics tends to wring all seriousness out of speech. Sometimes this is a demonstration of unforgivable ignorance. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan...

Romney and Ryan Project Vague Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate for the American presidency confirms that this campaign is going to be mainly about domestic issues --...

The Paranoid Pentagon

The disclosure that current U.S. drone warfare operations are directed from the presidential office in the White House, with the president himself selecting persons...

Continuing Coverage: Election 2012

Commonweal’s coverage of the 2012 election spans everything from health-care reform and religious liberty to the presidential debates, immigration, super PACs, the...
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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