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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

The Syrian president is is facing unprecedented pressure rooted in grievances over government repression, corruption, a weak economy and lack of civil liberties. He cannot hunker down and wait for the storm to pass.

Naoto Kan and the End of 'Japan Inc.'

Criticism of the government’s response to the catastrophe has obscured major political changes.

Nichi Vendola

Can an openly left-wing, openly gay politician from the South revive an Italy in deep malaise?

Mubarak’s intimidation tactics and determination to hang on to power only invigorated the protesters—leading to his resignation today.

After a good start, the Obama administration’s response to the democratic revolution in Egypt has begun to exude the odor of betrayal.

If the world has a heart, it beats now for Egypt.

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

Rampant corruption and arbitrary imprisonment, a senseless bureaucracy, a financially destitute majority and police-led torture of civilians—these are among the unbearable conditions that have spawned a people’s revolt in Egypt.

Blogs

The former Secretary of State and President Obama seem to be struggling with the whole "when in the course of human events..." thing.

September 16, 2014

NATO leaders—including President Obama—have escalated tensions in Ukraine while dismissing opportunities to bring the conflict to a reasonable conclusion quickly.

September 9, 2014

“We are in the classic fog of war,” says Stephen Cohen.

August 27, 2014

When Chancellor Merkel meets with President Petro Poroshenko, she’s going to want something in return

August 21, 2014

The New Cold War has arrived, and the Washington hawks are unprepared. 

July 30, 2014

Only Putin knows. But he also knows he doesn’t have to fear a US or NATO military response.

July 25, 2014

In Russia and in the US, the media play the blame game. 

July 22, 2014

Humpty Dumpty hasn’t been put back together yet, thirteen years after the US invasion.

July 8, 2014

How to really speak truth to neocon blather.

June 30, 2014

Whatever Russia may have wanted to accomplish in Ukraine since last November, it has accomplished the opposite.

June 26, 2014