Parent Trap
July 02, 2007

Jon Cohn on how Mitt Romney un-became his father.

Moral Majority
May 28, 2007

Regarding the nomination of Bernard Kouchner to head France's Ministry of Foreign Affiars, I think first of France, of the image she has of herself, then what she shows the world. The arrival of Kouchner--this great Frenchman, respected everywhere, the man who invented Médecins sans frontières (Doctors without Borders) and Médecins du monde (Doctors of the World), the famous "French Doctors"--at the Quai d'Orsay is obviously good news. Only the naysayers are sulking, only the losers are muttering about treason, wailing, like [Molière's] Miser, Harpagon, "My money box!

France's Fashoda Syndrome
May 07, 2007

Yet more evidence emerged just last week that France played a crucial role in abetting the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Rwanda, it should be noted, does not maintain diplomatic ties with France.

France And The Middle East
February 25, 2007

A bit under two years ago, France rejected the constitution of the European Union by a margin of 55% to 45%. The E.U. since then has been, so to speak, under a cloud. Certainly in France. But Jacques Chirac has many fantasies about French leadership ... everywhere. And the Union is no exception. Among his greatest fantasies and most permanent is that the French republic is destined for leadership in the Middle East. Yesterday, he said he would "summon" the E.U.

Matters of Fate
January 29, 2007

In the otherwise brilliant opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan, dramatizing the American landings in France on D-day, Steven Spielberg made one small slip. He completely engulfs the viewer in the American assault; but when we are thus immersed, he inserts a brief clip of German machine-gunners firing at the Americans. This complete switch in view cracks our involvement. It takes a few seconds to become American-absorbed again. Knowingly or not, Clint Eastwood has converted the Spielberg slip into a triumph.

French Patriotism
January 16, 2007

It is unacceptable to "want to live in France without respecting and loving France." So said Nicolas Sarkozy in an address to 80,000 supporters of his run for the president of the Republic as the candidate of Jacques Chirac's party. But he is not Chirac's candidate, not by a long shot. In any case, what he said should be liberating for the French, since they have had to pretend that it is perfectly alright to have 8 percent or 10 percent of the country's inhabitants live among them, get social benefits, invite relatives to come and still hate la belle France.

The New Hegemon
December 18, 2006

Vali Nasr on life under a nuclear Iran.

Persecution and the Art of Healing
November 13, 2006

He was, in short, a modern medical doctor.

Getting In
May 08, 2006

Alan Wolfe: What the immigration debate tells us about who Americans are, and who they want to be.

May 01, 2006

COVER CHARGE Your recent editorial on universal health care skirts some key realities ("Moral Imperative," March 20 & 27). The health systems in France and Japan are very different. France has more hospital beds per capita than the United States, but many states have "certificate of need" regulations that prevent new hospitals from being built--unless newcomers can overcome incumbents' lobbying against competition. So increasing the number of hospital beds in the United States requires less government control, not more.