Middle East

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...

Biden Puts Ryan on the Defensive

What a difference a week makes. In the first presidential debate, President Obama let Mitt Romney's attacks on him stand, and seemed disengaged. Vice President Joe...

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...

U.S. National Debate Is a Disgrace

As the American presidential election approaches, the dominant conviction expressed by members of both parties is that the country is gravely in decline. If the...

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...

More War?

The United States has been at war for more than a decade. Thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Afghans, and others have been killed. Tens of...

Leaving Iraq

It was not supposed to end this way. Although President Barack Obama deserves credit for bringing an end to the war in Iraq that he inherited, if he had had his...

Below the Law?

Should the president of the United States be able to authorize the assassination of a U.S. citizen anywhere in the world without telling the public why—or even...
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Book Reviews

Outside the Law

April 4, 2013 | 1 comment

Imperial Illusions

January 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Fertile Crescent?

September 9, 2011 | 0 comments

An Act of Remembrance

March 3, 2011 | 0 comments

Ambiguous Promises

February 2, 2011 | 0 comments

Ike Was Right

October 10, 2010 | 0 comments