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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.

Nelson Mandela

Although most black South Africans revere Mandela and his party for defeating apartheid, many are realizing that fighting inequality and achieving full citizenship will mean taking on the ANC.

Supporters of Hassan Rouhani

In a clear challenge to hardliners, President-elect Hassan Rouhani vowed, ‘I have come to destroy extremism.’

Blogs

And there's progress in US-Russia nuclear talks.

March 24, 2013

The White House’s placating of Netanyahu won't make talks with Iran any easier.

March 19, 2013

The United States won’t invade Iran anytime soon—just look at what North Korea has gotten away with.

March 12, 2013

A man who did a lot of good for a lot of people.

March 6, 2013

By softening its rhetoric, the Western side has encouraged the Iranians to come to terms.

February 27, 2013

As Iran readies for presidential elections and US defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel hardens his line on the country, no agreement is forthcoming on where to meet for nuclear program negotiations—but the two countries should decide already.

January 28, 2013

Go out of your way to watch this new documentary.

January 26, 2013

The latest political row over the Magnitsky Act merely continues America's failure to engage with Russia under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and now Barack Obama.

January 7, 2013

For Americans who understand the importance of a cooperative U.S.-Russia relationship, 2012 was a disturbing year.

January 3, 2013

CNN’s Arwa Damon has been so deeply enmeshed with rebel fighters, she has lost all traces of objective reporting.

December 11, 2012