Obama's new ambassador to Iraq is a star diplomat—but has no experience in the Arab world. Why Christopher Hill is a bad choice.
More than democracy, Washington wants stability in the Middle East. That means leaning against the interests of the Jewish state.
Uighur uprisings in China and political protests in Iran have dispelled the conventional wisdom about both countries. What should we expect next? Get ready for non-stop turbulence.
His instincts so far have been pitch-perfect
Sri Lanka's brutal suppression of the Tamil Tigers offers an object lesson in how to defeat an insurgency. Or does it?
We may be about to witness the complete evaporation of the axis of evil
In a brilliant speech, Obama extended the American dream to include the world's Muslims and put Iran on the defensive
The hazards of overreacting to Kim Jong Il's nuclear tests
A look ahead to the crises—from Russian power plays to Israeli military strikes—that could really show us what the president is made of.
With its “Islamic” nuclear bomb, Taliban- and al-Qaeda-infested borderlands, dysfunctional cities, and feuding ethnic groups, Pakistan may well be the world’s most dangerous country, a nuclear Yugoslavia-in-the-making. One key to its fate is the future of Gwadar, a strategic port whose development will either unlock the riches of Central Asia, or plunge Pakistan into a savage, and potentially terminal, civil war.
Why landlessness may be its own source of power
Why the Pakistan intelligence agency's close ties with the Taliban should not be condemned
Meet Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat and the brightest star in the Hindu-chauvinist Bharatiya Janata Party. Under Modi, Gujarat has become an economic dynamo. But he also presided over India’s worst communal riots in decades, a 2002 slaughter that left almost 2,000 Muslims dead. Exploiting the insecurities and tensions stoked by India’s opening to the world, Modi has turned his state into a stronghold of Hindu extremism, shredding Gandhi’s vision of secular coexistence in the process. One day, he could be governing the world’s largest democracy.
Even though the situation on the ground is better than most people think, the war is on track to be the longest in U.S. history. Americans, says one Army general, need to show "strategic patience."
Why the recession could spell the end of American dominance
The itinerary for Clinton's first overseas trip as Secretary of State signals that Asia is the strategic focal point of this century
"While torture is bad, the thoroughly humane approach, contrary to our desires, has its limits."
"Israel has, in effect, launched the war on the Iranian empire that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, in particular, can only have contemplated."
"Pay close attention to Greece; at a time of world-wide economic upheaval, it might eerily presage disturbances elsewhere in 2009"
Robert D. Kaplan on how Obama can improve the situation in Afghanistan so as to free himself up for pressing economic matters