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Don’t Isolate Russia

Disasters like MH17 could recur if Washington can’t understand Putin’s interests.

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Drones Against the Fifth Amendment

The Justice Department’s grounds for droning American citizens are out—and frighteningly unconstitutional.

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How ISIS Evades the CIA

America’s high-tech spies aren’t equipped to penetrate low-tech terrorist organizations.

President Reagan meeting with William F. Buckley in the Oval Office. / Wikimedia Commons

The Right’s Israel Turn

Conservatives didn’t always have a party line on the Jewish State.

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How to Reform Republican Foreign Policy

The GOP now admits the Iraq War was a mistake. So why is Rand Paul virtually alone in proposing a new approach to world affairs?

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A Witness-Protection Program for Terrorists?

What happens to agents and informants when they can’t go home

Illustration by Michael Hogue

Why Liberalism Means Empire

Democracy isn’t the end of history, it’s a product of power.


Piketty Is the Anti-Marx

Liberals’ favorite French economist is a pessimistic meliorist, not a burning revolutionary.

Outraged by Espionage

Bob Menendez and Angela Merkel get rude reminders of how the spy world works.

Afghanistan’s Deadly Indecision

A fragile Afghan unity could be shattered by allegations of election fraud.

The World Burns for Oil

Fossil fuel competition drives conflicts like Iraq and Ukraine more than “ancient hatreds.”

Rand With Israel

Is the Kentucky senator sending mixed signals on Mideast peace?

How to Understand the ISIS Threat

Talk show rhetoric doesn’t equal good intelligence on the domestic danger posed by Iraq’s terrorists.

Iraq’s Problems Still Come Back to Oil

Sectarian violence spreads from battles over the country’s petroleum riches.

Local and Global

Two Cheers for Partisan History

Herbert Butterfield was wrong about Whig scholarship.

Is Social Mobility a Myth?

The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility, Gregory Clark, Princeton University Press, 384 pages