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Kai Bird

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Kai Bird

Contributing Editor

Kai Bird is a Nation contributing editor, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and the author, most recently, of Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956–1978.


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It is time to walk away and leave the region to its own bad behavior.

Two decades ago, nearly one-sixth of the population was forcibly expelled. How did King Wangchuck escape any real censure?

How did Hosni Mubarak manage to stay in power for three decades?

To break through the impasse in the Middle East, Obama must go to Jerusalem.

Ongoing conflict in the Middle East continually reinforces tribalism, religiosity and messianic Zionism.

If America had agreed to a nuclear-free world, we wouldn't face threats today.

A quarter-century after the end of the Vietnam War, and eleven years after the collapse of the Berlin wall, it has become commonplace to say that we Americans have no consensus on foreign policy.

There are principled differences within the progressive community about the war in Yugoslavia, including the use of ground troops.

Confronted with the inexplicable, policy-makers and pundits alike grope for the apt historical analogy. It's a natural human reaction.