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France used to be described, particularly in the nineteenth century, as the international laboratory in which political ideas were being tested.

Politics in Eastern Europe is puzzling, and not just to outsiders.

As the affluent Seven plus Russia gathered in Denver, American sermons on the virtuous methods to reduce unemployment worked so much on European nerves that even the Continent's conservative pape

Is it still possible to manage existing society in a reformist fashion?

Would the American model be followed, or would voters choose another path?

As he prepares to meet Clinton, Yeltsin leaves behind a Russia in serious disarray--cabinet shuffle and new economic overlord (same as the old) notwithstanding.

It was a splendid demonstration.

The saga of the gold looted by the Nazis and concealed or converted by greedy neutrals is very far from finished.

The move to a common currency masks a struggle over the social shape of Europe.

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It’s the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of WWI.

December 23, 2014

The president's announcement this week was a long overdue step into the twenty-first century.

December 23, 2014

Now that President Obama has broken the taboo on recognizing Cuba, he should send a US ambassador to Palestine as a prerequisite for a comprehensive peace treaty.

December 23, 2014

An estimated half-million to 1.5 million children are involved in the cocoa trade. 

December 22, 2014

“It is unacceptable that the Defense Department continues to waste massive amounts of money,” Sanders argues.

December 18, 2014

Only Congress can lift the embargo, and prominent Senators have threatened to block any ambassador to Cuba.

December 17, 2014

The two countries have resumed a dialogue after fifty years.

December 17, 2014

The history of US-Cuban relations in the last fifty-five years is the history of the loss of American prestige.

December 17, 2014

Dick Cheney clarifies what he means by American Exceptionalism.

December 17, 2014

The region’s transition out of dictatorship hinged on two words the United States would be wise to heed: “Never again.”

December 12, 2014