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The United States’ current conflicts abroad are “1 percent wars”—remote, imperial wars of choice in which 99 percent of Americans have no stake.

From now on, the primary focus of American military strategy will not be counterterrorism, but the containment of an economically booming China— at whatever risk or cost.

HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: With today’s weapons technology, danger can proliferate with much greater destructive force than our Founding Fathers could have ever anticipated. Dealing with these threats requires tremendous international cooperation.

Was there an alternative course of action for the United States that could have prevented the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks?

A protester in Tahrir Square

The protesters who have filled the streets of Arab cities for months now are demanding democracy and open government, and an end to the corruption and brutal humiliations of autocracy.

While the US funds democratic reform projects in the post-Mubarak age, Egyptians are mistrustful of American meddling in their domestic affairs.

Why is it that shelters known to be toxic are acceptable for Haitians but not Americans?

Despite a veneer of red cross assistance and earthquake relief volunteers, it seems that a new cold war is developing in Haiti, this time between the north and south of the western hemisphere.

Haiti's damaged National Palace in Port-au-Prince

A 2005 cable obtained by WikiLeaks predicted that the Haitian government was "unprepared to handle a natural disaster of any magnitude."

Despite all the post-earthquake promises, just a fraction of the aid pledged has actually been delivered.

Blogs

It’s a tough one, but it ought to John Kerry’s top priority.

April 24, 2013

An indecisive, divided administration may be gradually blundering its way toward war.

April 18, 2013

An interview with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

February 20, 2013

Providing services to fight poverty overseas is a much better bang for our buck than stationing soldiers there.

February 20, 2013

Liberals concerned with Israel often miss the inconvenient fact of the radical Palestinian organization's human rights abuses in the Gaza Strip. Reed Richardson also writes about the outsized State of the Union response allowed to the Tea Party. 

February 14, 2013

In the Algerian “rescue,” blundering, botched unilateralism. In 1975, America showed them the way.

January 20, 2013

In How Isreal Lost: The Four Questions, the Jewish journalist boldly condemned Israeli occupation policies.

January 9, 2013

A monitoring organization is slamming Walmart for creating the conditions for the fire that killed 112 workers.

November 26, 2012

Israel's air force assassinated Hamas leader Ahmad Jaabari. As the Israeli airstrikes continued today, seven more Palestinians were killed and at least 30 were injured, ten critically.

November 14, 2012

Data obtained by The Nation show that recent attacks on US troops by uniformed Afghans will also mean higher civilian casualties. 

September 18, 2012