Reality Check

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The Naïveté of Distance

The befuddled response to Russia's Crimea takeover shows that America needs a refresher on how the rest of the world actually thinks and works.

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To Boldly Lead From Behind?

How Star Trek's Prime Directive explains Obama's foreign policy.

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Confidence Man

John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?

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Is Israel Doomed?

Why even dangerous demographics and the receding horizon of peace won't dim the lights in Jerusalem.

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Empty Promises

Can Obama deliver on Israel and Iran -- or is he overreaching?

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The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

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Advantage: Iran

Does the U.S. stand a chance against Tehran, the nimble, canny free agent of nuclear negotiations?

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Why Bibi Should Rest Easy

Obama is not going to sell out Israel in an Iran deal.

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Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Why a Meatloaf song should guide the U.S. approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel-Palestine.

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The Tally

From Putin to pundits, here are the 10 winners and losers of the U.S.-Russian deal on Syria’s chemical weapons.

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Can Obama Afford Not to Bomb Syria?

The White House seems to be confusing the least bad option with a strategic necessity.

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Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity

The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.

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The Limits of Action

Let's face it: Obama has limited interest, limited options, and limited reasons to get involved in Syria.

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