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Common Ground With Iran

The Shia power in the Middle East opposes ISIS and al-Qaeda far more reliably than our Sunni allies.

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Google Paranoia in a September 12 World

Innocent researching on the web can trigger fears of watch lists in the age of the surveillance state.

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Not Your Father’s National Front

Marine Le Pen has assembled the West’s largest, most successful anti-immigration and anti-globalist party, by playing down its racist roots.

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Building an Underclass

How urban planners helped demolish Britain’s working families

Secretary Kerry, Assistant Secretary Nuland Meet With French Foreign Minister Fabius on Ukraine. State Department photo.

Is the U.S. Back in the Coup Business?

Twenty years after the Cold War ended, State Department-funded NGOs interfere in elections worldwide.

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Putin’s Corrupted Orthodoxy

Russia’s military-ecclesiastical complex has fueled a dangerous revival in religious nationalism.


Seven Questions for Benjamin Schwarz

Talking post-Cold War foreign policy, consumer capitalism, and Churchill with our national editor.


Does the GOP Really Want War?

How realists should be grappling with the revival of hawkish sympathies in the Republican Party.

Paul’s Unpersuasive Excuse for Signing the Iran Letter

It isn’t good enough to support diplomacy in theory while being maneuvered into doing things aimed at wrecking it in practice.

Malcolm Fraser’s Late Burkeanism

The late Australian Liberal PM was a conservative disappointment, until he turned against his party’s neocons.

America’s Warlords in Afghanistan

To fight the Taliban, the United States created a new generation of abusive strongmen that are now running rampant.

What Would Eisenhower Do?

In a world trying to entangle the U.S. in countless war guarantees, Ike shows how to manage alliances.

Making Israel Pay a Very Small “Price”

A slap on the wrist will confirm Netanyahu in his belief that he can do whatever he wants without serious consequences for the relationship with the U.S.

Islam Isn’t a Peril

America keeps trying to see conflicts with the Muslim world through the failed lens of ideology.

Now the Israeli Election’s Over

How’d my pre-game post-game do?

Initial Thoughts on the Israeli Elections

Netanyahu’s party rallied in the final days of the campaign.

The GOP Risks a Return to Bushism

While Hillary stumbles out of the gate, Republicans put their least attractive face forward.