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Armed Conflicts

Armed Conflicts news and analysis from The Nation

  • April 10, 2003

    Unfit to Be King

    He might have the toughest detail this war has to offer.

    Geoffrey Gray

  • February 20, 2003

    Why International Law Matters

    Pre-emptive war flagrantly contradicts the UN's legal framework.

    Richard Falk

  • September 5, 2002

    War Against Iraq: The Context

    The terrorism war begins to sag.
    The perpetrator we were meant to bag
    Remains at large, and wartime fervor fades.
    Then Bush and all his hawkish White House aides
    Drop sanctions as the way to tame Iraq
    And say, "Without delay, we must attack."
    If that war sags, there's still a backup plan.
    It's war without delay against Iran.
    And when the zest for that war, too, has faded?
    That's easy: North Korea gets invaded.
    But then it's hard to think of what to do.
    Destroy Bahrain? Bomb France? Invade Peru?

    Calvin Trillin

  • June 27, 2002

    The New Bush Doctrine

    Fighting terrorism requires new thinking but not a US imperial role.

    Richard Falk

  • June 20, 2002

    War on Iraq Is Wrong

    If the Bush Administration has its way, Iraq will be the first test of its new doctrine of pre-emption. To adopt such a destabilizing strategy is profoundly contrary to our interests and endangers our security.

    The Editors


  • May 31, 2001

    The Battle of Algiers

    A new memoir stirs long-suppressed memories of the “war without a name.”

    Adam Shatz

  • February 2, 1998

    The Gift of Time

    The case for abolition of nuclear weapons.

    Jonathan Schell

  • August 14, 1995

    Mythologizing the Bomb

    The beauty of the atomic scientists' calculations hid from them the truly Faustian contract they scratched their names to.

    E.L. Doctorow

  • January 11, 1986

    Requiem for the American Empire

    “Empires are restless organisms. They must constantly renew themselves; should an empire start leaking energy, it will die.”

    Gore Vidal

  • March 8, 1919

    A Spartacan Manifesto

    Shortly after the murders of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, The Nation published the manifesto of the German Spartacists, a group the pair co-founded to incite a Marxist revolution.

    Clara Zetkin, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht and Franz Mehring