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The Grey Lady’s recent editorial on Ukraine and Vladimir Putin was one-dimensional and ideological.

But legislative changes are making it still more difficult for opposition candidates to win.

Negev desert

A trip through the Negev Desert leads to the heart of Israel's national nightmare.

Rouhani supporters

The United States has much to gain from improved relations and little to lose from easing sanctions.

Obama

President Obama can now embark on a new foreign policy, one that rejects military interventionism in favor of an engaged internationalism.

A new biography explores the remarkable life and lasting legacy of the early UN secretary-general.

Ray Kelly

Obama sounds the notes of racial justice at key moments, while asserting unprecedented power to implement policies that are destructive, discriminatory—and embodied by the NYPD commissioner.

Egypt's coup

The popular revolt against the incompetent Morsi government was inspiring—but the coup that followed sets a dangerous precedent.

Egyptian military

Egypt cannot have a future as a viable, pluralistic democracy without the Muslim Brotherhood’s participation.

Kerry and Netanyahu

Washington’s assurances that it will defend Israel no matter what it does, however objectionable, kill any hope of a two-state solution to the conflict.

Blogs

The unneeded crisis that almost derailed US-China relations.

May 9, 2012

What does the Chen Guangcheng story say about the United States?

May 7, 2012

Almost all the candidates in the Greek election—on the same day as the French—see support for austerity as political suicide.

May 4, 2012

Jeff Sachs, who promises he’d lead the World Bank to a new era, proposes more of the same—plus population control. That’s taking us to a new era of Malthus.

March 16, 2012

Have US counterterrorism operations in Yemen actually strengthened the threats they were designed to eliminate?

February 16, 2012

Hopefully, talks in Saudi Arabia and Qatar will converge, soon.

January 31, 2012

In the new bio-pic, Margaret Thatcher's iron isn’t just rusty, it’s melted down into something soft and personal. The Iron Lady gives us Thatcher, the ABBA Version. It’s the last thing we need. 

January 4, 2012

On Afghanistan withdrawal, Congress may be catching up with the American people—though not fast enough.

December 5, 2011

Twenty years after the end of the Soviet Union, reflections on glasnost's fate.

November 14, 2011

Why does the mainstream media assume that a Putin presidency would have a detrimental effect on both the Russian people and American diplomacy?

October 18, 2011