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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Sentimentality about war. Elizabeth Samet considers how we use sentimentality and euphemisms to avoid recognizing the realities of pointless wars.

The consequences of NATO’s “good” war in Libya. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross reviews the evidence.

Israel’s aggressive spying in the U.S. is mostly hushed up. Jeff Stein continueshis reporting on Israeli spying on America.

Caste and politics. Jyoti Malhotra explains how caste is shaping India’s election.

How would Modi change Indian foreign policy? Sudha Ramachandran tries to identify what would change under a BJP-led government.

Why Modi was banned. James Mann explains the law that barred the BJP politician from entering the U.S.

What does a Republican takeover of the Senate mean for foreign policy? Heather Hurlburt considers a few of the ways that a Republican majority would affect U.S. policies abroad.

How to end the Ukraine crisis. Anatol Lieven proposes decentralizing power as a solution.

NATO and Ukraine. Sean Kay considers the role of NATO expansion in the Ukraine crisis.

Iceland’s elves. Kevin Fallon reports on the country’s relationship with its “hidden people.”

about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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