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The appearance of Palestinian defeat is an optical illusion—one that hides the probability of eventual Israeli defeat.

Pakistani troops in North Waziristan following an operation against the Taliban

Why does the Pakistani military pick unwinnable fights?

Iraq memorial

Memorials across the world pay tribute to “fallen soldiers,” but virtually none exist for those who fought for peace. 

Sheldon Adelson

Why do we need another lobby, like their Israeli-American Council, when AIPAC is already so powerful? To feed their billion-dollar egos.

President Obama and Chuck Hagel

In the end, Hagel, who came to regret his reluctant vote to invade Iraq, evidently proved an uncomfortable fit.

United Nations

Caving to outside pressure, this week the organization added women to the High-level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations—but it still falls short of gender parity.

His resignation has to be seen against the growing war fever in Washington—which is now reflected in White House policy.

CIA

In the 1960s, the agency sought to fight Communism through the students’ rights movement. There’s little reason to think its tactics have changed.

Child receives polio vaccine

Bill Gates and a corps of Western donors are on a mission to rid Nigeria of the crippling virus, but the last cases have been hard to stamp out.

Hillary Clinton

As her record shows, Clinton has embraced destructive nationalist myths about America’s role in the world.

Blogs

Stephen Cohen discusses this month's negotiations over the conflict in Ukraine and the current proposal for a Ukrainian federation.

February 27, 2015

Those who claim that this destructive cult’s ideology reflects some essential aspect of Islam are obscuring its origins—in George W. Bush’s illegal war that destroyed Iraq and fomented sectarian extremism.

February 24, 2015

The personal spat obscures the real horror of war crimes in El Salvador.

February 20, 2015

This is the most dangerous geopolitical situation since the Cuban missile crisis. 

February 19, 2015

The Nation’s Stephen Cohen tells John Batchelor that the fragile deal may be the last exit on the road to war with Russia.

February 18, 2015

Hillary Clinton is already adopting a more aggressive foreign policy posture. Can it be challenged?

February 13, 2015

Stephen Cohen talks to John Batchelor about the dangers of sending lethal aid to Ukraine.

February 12, 2015

Inking a deal with Iran soon would box the Israeli Prime Minister into denouncing a major foreign policy achievement.

February 11, 2015

A long-term alternative to war can only be built by popular movements in Iraq and Syria. These movements deserve our solidarity—not our bombs.

February 10, 2015