Middle East

Divided by Ancient Disputes

What is the source of the division between Sunnis and Shi‘ites, and how prevalent is this bifurcation in the Islamic world, a community of more than 1.6 billion?

Reckless Ardor

The calls for so-called humanitarian war in Syria are a textbook case of the triumph of hope over experience.

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...

From a Distance

War is war and murder is murder. The law draws the distinction. The American armed drone is a weapons system of war, not of policemen. And even if it were a police...

Can Obama Save the Two-State Solution?

The administration has set expectations for President Obama's trip to Israel so low you'd think he was making another visit to Ohio. Yet this is a very...
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Book Reviews

Kill Chain

May 18, 2015 | 0 comments

The Republic of Imagination

May 14, 2015 | 0 comments

The Young T.E. Lawrence

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Herzl's Vision

February 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

December 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Outside the Law

April 22, 2013 | 1 comment

Imperial Illusions

January 14, 2013 | 0 comments