The most difficult countries to visit. Albert Podell describes  the places that were hardest to get into during his attempt to visit every country in the world.
The Emirati who took over D.C. Ryan Grim and Akbar Shahid Ahmed profile  Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the U.S. and advocate for aggressive policies in the region.
Between Iraq and a hawk base. Robert Draper reviews  the state of Republican foreign policy.
Republicans’ misguided China-bashing. Paula Dwyer takes  several Republican presidential candidates to task for their demagoguery on China.
Here we go again in Iraq. Simon Jenkins criticizes  the renewed impulse to meddle in the Near East’s conflicts.