War and Peace

Political Order and Political Decay

Francis Fukuyama's new book examines the rise and decline of the American political system in the broader history of democratic process, intelligently & enjoyably.

The Illusion of Control

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 Case Against Intervention

Recent evidence suggests that if we intervene in Syria, we are less likely to end the suffering than to compound it, stretching the killing out over decades.

Muddled?

The United States commences air strikes against ISIS, without a clear sense of what can be achieved and without authorization from Congress.

The Pope and Mussolini

David Kertzer traces the church’s relationship to Italian fascism through a series of vivid biographical sketches.

Unaccountable

Though an intelligence agency operates largely in secret, its credibility depends on respect for the law and clear accountability.

Obama, Beyond the Sound Bite

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.

Farmer, Anarchist, Catholic

Tom Cornell has been a part of the Catholic Worker movement for more than sixty years. He started in 1953 when he was nineteen years old.

Mad Jack

In her biography of Siegfried Sassoon, Jean Moorcroft Wilson posits that “a study of his life is a study of his age.” In fact Sassoon’s life spanned several ages.
A stone marking the boundary between Alsace-Lorraine and France after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71

Why We Fight

If revanchism seems far-fetched, even old-fashioned, consider the passions at work today in familiar trouble spots.
Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the province of Ninevah, Iraq, Aug. 6

Reluctant Rescue

Does the threat of ISIS justify expanding military involvement in Iraq? Obama faces a decision he set out to avoid.

Fearful Asymmetry

Israel’s bombing and invasion of Gaza raises questions about the ethics of military strife in an era when war has become asymmetrical.
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