How America Forgot It Needed to Understand The Enemy
Social scientists helped win World War II by judging enemy morale. But in Afghanistan, the U.S. kept getting it wrong.
When Germany Was China
Attempts to explain Berlin’s militarism tells us something about how analysts approach Beijing.
Stop Comparing Afghanistan’s Fall to South Vietnam’s
Americans are still using the lens of a half century-old conflict.
Peace on Azerbaijan’s Terms Won’t End the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Baku is attempting to assert sovereignty through force and ethnic cleansing while denying Armenians the right to self-determination.
A Taliban Challenge: To Learn the Lessons of History
What an ancient citadel can teach us about Afghanistan’s past—and its potential future.
Why We Need to Reckon With Afghanistan’s Colonial Past
From Kabul to Kolkata, South Asian heirs of partition can draw inspiration from their history to chart a sustainable future.
Ideological Competition With China Is Inevitable—Like It or Not
Beijing recognizes promoting human rights and democracy is an ideological challenge. So should Washington.
Postmodern America Didn’t Deserve Jimmy Carter
A new biography paints a portrait of a president who made vast progress on policy—and failed at smoke-and-mirrors PR.
Ethiopia’s Problems Stem From Internal Colonialism
Robert Kaplan’s selective reading of history bolsters proponents of a centralized state while ignoring the legitimacy of federalists’ demands.
America’s Collapsing Meritocracy Is a Recipe for Revolt
Chinese history shows what happens when an old system loses its force.
U.S. Intervention in Haiti Would Be a Disaster—Again
The nation’s poverty and chaos has been shaped by Washington for decades.
Ethiopia’s Problems Aren’t Postcolonial
The country seems on the verge of falling apart. Here’s why it won’t.
It’s Time to Revive the Helsinki Spirit
The 50th anniversary of the landmark Cold War conference is inspiring a renewal for today’s world.
How World War II Code-Breakers Created the Modern Digital World
In “Geniuses at War,” David A. Price convincingly recounts a heroic and tragic tale.
The Intellectual Foundations of the Biden Revolution
Why is there no Rooseveltian school of foreign policy? American past and future greatness is unthinkable without it.