World

The Yom Kippur War Was 40 Years Ago. Everything You Thought You Knew About It Is Wrong.
October 15, 2013

Egyptians marked the fortieth anniversary of their army's putative triumph over Israel by bloodying one another in Tahrir Square. Syrians, too, commemorated the date with internecine violence.

Infinite Delay: The Last Days of Nelson Mandela
October 11, 2013

This piece originally appeared on newstatesman.com.

Syria Offline
These charts should give pause to any dictator considering an Internet blackout
October 10, 2013

The Syrian city of Aleppo briefly regained access to the Internet yesterday, ending an information blackout that lasted well over a month.

Obama Just Made a Terrible Mistake on Egypt
October 09, 2013

In a certain sense, the Obama administration’s decision to withhold much of the $1.3 billion in annual aid given to Egypt isn’t surprising. U.S.

Disgusting Toilets and the Future of China
What I learned at Beijing Design Week 2013
October 08, 2013

What one American writer learned at Beijing Design Week 2013

Putin Wonders, Why Do Gays Have All the Luck?
September 19, 2013

Because we haven't spent enough time plumbing the depths of the psyche of Vladimir Putin this month, he offers us more diagnostic fodder. Speaking at the international conference at Valdai, Russia—which, if we're honest, is just a glorified session o

Congress is About to Blow a Negotiated Settlement in Syria
September 09, 2013

A vote by Congress to reject the resolution sought by President Barack Obama to authorize military force in Syria will add to the long list of unintended consequences already produced by bad policy choices on Syria.

U.S. Strike on Syria: Good for Iran's President, Bad for the Hardliners
September 05, 2013

Following the recent chemical strikes in Damascus, some analysts began to focus on whether Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had the will or ability to change the Islamic Republic's policy toward Syria (see PolicyWatch 2123).

Putin's Support for Assad is Just Words
August 29, 2013

As the White House struggles, agonizingly, down the road to striking Syria, Moscow has put on its own sideshow, railing against yet another American misadventure in a mysterious and tangled region.

President Obama Should Heed What Senator Obama Said About Authorizing Military Action
August 28, 2013

I have a pretty broad view of presidential power to use military force abroad without congressional authorization.

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