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The vilifying charges levelled at Russia's president by the American media could undermine rational U.S. policy-making.

Nicolas Sarkozy

Socialist François Hollande defeated Sarko in the first-round vote. But the real victor may be National Front leader Marine Le Pen, now primed to play kingmaker.

Syrian rebel

As the Syrian government clings to repressive tactics it knows best, the conflict becomes ever more intractable.

Twenty years after the end of the Soviet Union, the relationship features more elements of cold-war conflict than of stable cooperation.

A new report has found the Assad regime responsible for crimes against humanity. Will it do anything to stop the bloodshed?

Joachim Gauck could offer too striking a contrast to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own devotion to a politics of small compromises. 

What role and responsibility does the United States have for the situation in Yemen?

Hamza Kashgari’s persecution—merely for tweeting uncertainty about his religious faith—exposes the cynicism and brutality of the kingdom’s royal-clerical rulers.

The Palestinian leader’s defiance of Washington was applauded in Ramallah. But his diplomatic daring has little chance of success without a unified national strategy that draws energy from the Arab uprisings.

As the Assad regime cracks down on protesters, it is waging a propaganda war on Syrians and stoking fears of a civil war.

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Nation contributing editor Stephen Cohen appeared on Democracy Now on Thursday, criticizing Obama and NATO for provoking a heightened conflict with Russia over Ukraine.

April 17, 2014

Netanyahu's intransigence wins the day.

April 2, 2014

Not the one you'd think.

March 27, 2014

Unlike, George W. Bush, President Obama has avoided unilateralism and sought to accommodate Russia.

March 24, 2014

The Middle East's strongmen might not dislike Russia's tough new stand.

March 21, 2014

The Russian leader sounds nationalist tones and warns of US support for a “fifth column” inside Russia.

March 19, 2014

The president of a country with no external threats, a history of military repression and an abundance of more pressing problems is rebuilding its once-banished military.

March 11, 2014

The Israel lobby lost big on Iran sanctions in January, and now it faces a huge challenge with the coming Obama-Kerry peace plan.

March 4, 2014

Ukraine isn’t Russia’s, and neither is Crimea. There’s a lot at stake, and the crisis must be resolved through the UN, not by force.

March 2, 2014

Cohen warns the upheaval in Kiev could stoke Putin’s fears that the West is trying to destabilize Russia, and prompt him to crack down on Russian dissenters.

February 25, 2014