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Why Washington Needs to Get Over Vaclav Havel

Want to boost democracy in the Czech Republic? A little less finger-wagging from across the pond might be a start.

Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia Commons
Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia Commons

Remembering the Fall

It's hard to remember just how impassable the Berlin Wall was -- until one day it wasn't. A memoir.


Eulogy for a Quiet Revolutionary

What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.

Photo by AFP/Getty Images
Photo by AFP/Getty Images

The Collaborator’s Song

We often ask why some people choose to resist authoritarian regimes. But the better question might be why so many decide to cooperate.

Courtesy of Milton Bearden
Courtesy of Milton Bearden

Requiem for a Russian Spy

A CIA veteran remembers his Soviet counterpart.


The New Asian Tiger?

Ten things you didn't know about Vietnam's rise. 


Best of ArabLeaks

Just how much did these cables change the world?


Why We Can’t Rule Out an Egyptian Reign of Terror

A historian's look at revolution and its discontents.

The Russians Return

Russia's back in Afghanistan, this time in cooperation with the West -- but do objectives really align?

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