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Cuba Is a Diplomatic Cautionary Tale

A half-century of inconsistent and ineffective U.S. behavior towards Havana provides a model of how not to conduct foreign policy.

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The GOP Marches to Endless War

ISIS wants America at war with the world, and the Republican Party is all too eager to comply.

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Raising Babies in Adult-Land

Why an age-integrated community is important for human flourishing

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Netanyahu’s Blind Spot

Full of hubris, Bibi fails to realize that Israel is not as popular as it once was.

Egyptian protesters tear down an American flag at the United States embassy in Cairo on September 11, 2012, during a demonstration against a film deemed offensive to Islam and the Prophet Mohammad. UPI/Ahmed Jomaa / Photo via Newscom.

Pessimism Has No Place In American Foreign Policy Debate

But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

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Paranoia Strikes U.S. Intelligence

The drive to “do something” pushes the NSC and FBI to take extreme responses to Charlie Hebdo.

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Abu Ghraib Goes to Court

Victims of the private contractors responsible for the Iraq war’s worst prison abuses are finally being granted standing to sue.


What Ike Can Teach Obama

In the 1956 Suez Crisis, Eisenhower recognized that America’s interests did not lie with blind and unconditional support of an ally.

Putin Is Better Than Brezhnev

America should be able to cooperate on matters of mutual interest with a far less threatening Kremlin.

What Kind of War Does the AUMF Authorize?

The ISIS intervention may defy limits—and some in Congress don’t believe it should have any.

A Beginner’s Guide to ISIS

The Atlantic dives deep into the ideological soul of the Islamic State.

ISIS Should Ring an Arab Alarm

The Islamic State’s former supporters should now understand the existential threat it poses to them.

The Ambitions Driving the Ukraine Consensus

If we’re going to risk armed conflict with Moscow, the underlying causes ought to be grander than Michele Flournoy’s job aspirations.

When ISIS Ran the American South

When the barbarians who burned people alive and celebrated it publicly were us

From Disneyland to Dante

Go to Europe in search of truth, not illusions of tradition.

Here’s What It Will Take to Defeat ISIS

Before it Americanizes the conflict, the U.S. should take stock of escalating regional revulsion against the Islamic State.

A Blackwater World Order

The privatization of America’s wars swells the ranks of armies for hire across the globe.