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In the summer of 1941, Adolf Hitler's apparently invincible Wehrmacht was grinding hundreds of miles into the Soviet Union, spreading mayhem all the way.

Americans aren't much for history these days. History is for Europeans--for Germans, with their thickets of theory, and the French, who are forever going on about their revolution.

Listen to a debate among drug policy advocates and you're likely to hear impassioned claims about the brilliant success (or dismal failure) of more "liberal" approaches in certain European countr

President Boris Yeltsin's firing of his fifth Prime Minister in seventeen months and Russia's renewed war in the Caucasus are stark signs of his regime's instability, desperation and "agony," the

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On September 28, 1973, seventeen days after the bloody coup that brought Gen.

"Austria had many geniuses, and that was probably its undoing."
    --Robert Musil

Northern Ireland's peace process faces its gravest crisis since George Mitchell negotiated the Good Friday accord--graver even than after last summer's bombing in Omagh by a small band of breaka

NATO's nightly airstrikes against Yugoslavia have ceased, but the periodic Anglo-American bombing of Iraq continues.

If Russia is not to dissolve like the Soviet Union or, worse yet, end in a cataclysm like Yugoslavia's, it must negotiate peacefully across a welter of emotional claims to self-determination.

Blogs

Why is Blackwater founder Erik Prince building a mercenary army for the United Arab Emirates? The contracted guns will be much less involved in maintaining the peace than they will in suppressing any dissent within the country. 

May 18, 2011

Obama's Middle East policy has fallen apart. It's not too late to save it.

May 18, 2011

Blackwater's Erik Prince is building an army of mercenaries for the United Arab Emirates. One that includes no Muslims. What is going on here?

May 17, 2011

Underway for months, the talks are aimed at starting what will be a long process toward a political settlement of the war.

May 17, 2011

Blackwater's infamous founder is building a mercenary army in the United Arab Emirates.

May 16, 2011

And other important observations from a German resident of Kandahar.

May 16, 2011

National Security Adviser Tom Donilon cracks a joke at Obama’s Middle East adviser on the staff of the National Security Council, relatively hawkish, pro-Israel Dennis Ross.

May 13, 2011

Mitchell gives up. Has Obama given up, too?

May 13, 2011

In this "Soundoff" segment on MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry says the Republicans may want to cozy up to Obama to regain some of their lost popularity.

May 12, 2011

Arizona senator provides definitive refutation against Mukasey, Cheney, Rep. King.

May 12, 2011