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A Roman theater in Bosra, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, 2009

How the destruction of architectural treasures became a weapon in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

American soldier

After more than two decades of empty declarations of victory in Iraq, “success,” however defined, is impossible. 

Despite the pretentions of our governing and pundit classes, America has neither the right nor the resources to act as a kind of tutor to burgeoning democracies.

Protest Rally

Because our leaders didn’t listen, or listened too late, the end came in Vietnam as a total catastrophe. It’s not too late to avoid a repeat in Syria.

The crisis in Iraq and Syria demands a political solution. Here are the key diplomatic steps needed to get there.

Talking heads like former General Jack Keane are all over the news media fanning fears of IS. Shouldn’t the public know about their links to Pentagon contractors?

American Expeditionary Forces secret ink lab

The secret history of invisible ink.

President Obama

There’s a frightening enthusiasm for war among pundits—and now the public seems ready to go along too.

Slavko Goldstein

In 1941, genocide broke out in Croatia, and we still cannot explain why.

Blogs

To kill somebody for a cause you don’t believe in is potentially worse than being killed yourself, because those scars last forever.

March 26, 2015

Stephen Cohen talks with Jon Batchelor about how history informs the Ukranian crisis today.

March 25, 2015

After waiting years for a decision on their visa applications with no explanation for the delay, nine Iraqis are suing the US government they once worked for.

March 20, 2015

After five decades of pretending otherwise, the Pentagon has reluctantly confirmed that Israel does indeed possess nuclear bombs, as well as awesome weapons technology similar to America’s.

March 20, 2015

Stephen Cohen discusses whether the ceasefire, enforced by Minsk II, has the potential to return the Russian-Ukrainian border to the Kiev government.

March 19, 2015

Netanyahu won on the back of racism, making liberal support for Israel impossible. But Washington will likely persist.

March 18, 2015

A guilty plea to a misdemeanor, and no jail time.

March 18, 2015

American fingerprints are all over a botched commando raid in the southern Philippines that left dozens dead and shocked the country.

March 17, 2015

The Washington Post publishes a pro-war op-ed that shows why attacking Iran won’t work.

March 16, 2015

Israel’s nuclear superiority is a pivotal factor in the chaotic conflicts and occasional wars of the Middle East—it shouldn't be left out of this conversation.

March 12, 2015