Shadow Government

How ‘Top Gun’ Explains the TPA Trade Bill

I admit freely that I have an unusual way of winding down at night. Often I do so by watching either the first or last ...

Christian Caryl

Here's Why 'Timbuktu' Deserves Its Oscars Nod

The Academy Award-nominated film "Timbuktu" explores the war within Islam.

Best Defense

Anne Hathaway and Ethan Hawke both playing drone pilots—what does it mean?

You know drones have arrived when Hollywood actors start finding vehicles in which they can play drone pilots.


American Sniper only shows part of what it means to kill in combat.

Clint Eastwood's new movie on famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle only shows part of what it means to kill in combat.


When All Else Fails, Hack Hollywood

Kim Jong Un isn’t afraid of Seth Rogen and James Franco. He’s afraid of the world focusing its attention on his regime’s true crimes.

Daniel W. Drezner

What do the 2011 Oscars tell us about world politics?

Compared to the exciting developments in the Middle East, the 2011 Oscars telecast had all the excitement of watching wallpaper paste harden.  To be fair, ...

Daniel W. Drezner

What the Oscars metaphorically tell us about international relations

I can't believe I watched the whole thing -- the 2010 Academy Awards show made Avatar seem tightly paced.  Seriously, the show went downhill the ...

Daniel W. Drezner

Handicapping the 2010 Oscars

As always, your humble blogger will be watching the Academy Awards show -- especially since the Powers That Be took 50% of your humble blogger's ...

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