John Hume Left Behind a Peaceful—but Divided—Ireland
The Nobel Peace Laureate helped bring nearly three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland to an end. But reconciliation between the country’s communities remains unrealized.
Trump’s Mount Rushmore Speech Is the Closest He’s Come to Fascism
The world just lost its leading historian of fascist ideology. The late historian Zeev Sternhell would have recognized the president’s lies as propaganda in the tradition of Mussolini.
The Whole World Got Hosni Mubarak Wrong
The eulogies for Egypt’s fourth president focused on his downfall, but history will remember his overlooked accomplishments while in office.
Death on the Nile
Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt for three decades, leaving a legacy of oppression and corruption.
What Paul Volcker Got Right About Global Finance
The late Federal Reserve chief was most renowned for fighting inflation, but he also understood—before almost anyone else did—that Wall Street was out of control.
Robert Mugabe Colonized His Own Country
He led Zimbabwe to independence—and looted it until the day he died.
Bipartisan Foreign Policy Died This Weekend
Richard Lugar represented an endangered aspect of American—and Republican Party—leadership.
How the Mighty Have Fallen
Israeli literary icon Amos Oz died on Dec. 28 at age 79. Author Ayelet Tsabari considers his legacy.
History Will Remember George H.W. Bush Kindly
The United States owes a great debt to its 41st president.
John McCain Was Always There for America
Remembrances of a hero the United States—and the Republican Party—will miss.
The Pear Who Ate Germany
Helmut Kohl was an unlikely political heavyweight, but his relentless drive helped put East and West back together.
Trump Should Heed the Wisdom of Richard Solomon
Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit, Trump should remember the words of the great China scholar.
Remembering Michael Novak
Last Friday we lost one of our most luminescent, brilliant minds when Michael Novak died after 83 years.
Our Bogeyman in Havana Is Dead
What Fidel Castro’s death means for the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.
Fidel Was Hell
The longest-ruling dictator of the 20th century was a radical bent on transformational, alternative global development. Ironically, he left his country conservative, impoverished, and isolated.
Will History Absolve Fidel Castro?
The legacy of Cuba’s socialist revolution is still very much in doubt.
Pakistan Has Lost Its ‘Angel of Mercy’
Abdul Sattar Edhi was his country’s greatest living hero. Here’s hoping that his legacy persists in the hands of a new generation of humanitarians.
Elie Wiesel’s Moral Imagination Never Reached Palestine
The great writer’s humanitarianism knew no bounds — except where it met his nationalism.
Jo Cox: A Memory
Three weeks ago, British Member of Parliament Jo Cox graciously hosted my students and me for dinner in London. And now she is dead.