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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

When intellectuals go to war. Corey Robin remarks on some of the delusions of pro-war intellectuals.

Ukraine, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy. Jacob Heilbrunn interviews Dimitri Simes on recent events in Ukraine and Obama’s West Point speech.

The ill-fated mission of the USS Pueblo. Christopher Lee reviews Jack Cheevers’ Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo.

To Ramadi and back. Mark Murphy reflects on his experience fighting in the Iraq war.

Burden-sharing isn’t going to happen. Christopher Preble explains that U.S. allies won’t do more to provide for their own defense until the U.S. starts doing less.

What Ukraine could learn from Kazakhstan. Nikolas Gvosdev considers Kazakhstan’s relationship with Russia and how Ukraine might benefit from following its more accommodating example.

A thaw between India and Pakistan? Rupakjyoti Borah comments on the possibility of improved relations between the two countries following the BJP victory in India.

Is the U.S. capable of fighting a major war? Steven Metz makes the case that the U.S. may be losing the ability to do so.

The Zweig revival. Larry Rohter surveys the renewed interest in the life and work of Stefan Zweig, including George Prochnik’s new biography, The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World.

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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