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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.

Blogs

The eulogies for Margaret Thatcher are piling up. Here's a different take—from a review of The Iron Lady.

April 8, 2013

But Obama should just keep talking—until he has a chance to make a deal with a new president not named Ahmadinejad.

April 5, 2013

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