The Postwar Global Order That Never Happened
After the wreckage of World War II, a new form of global community had huge momentum—but the United States rejected it.
On V-J Day, U.S. Pushes for a Stronger Japanese Military
Seventy-five years after Japan surrendered in World War II and scrapped its armed forces, the Trump administration is redoubling efforts to get Tokyo to be more aggressive in countering China.
The Dangerous Illusion of Japan’s Unconditional Surrender
For decades, U.S. foreign policy has been badly distorted by the way that World War II ended.
To Stop a U.S.-Iran War, Finlandize Iraq
By treating Iraqi territory as a neutral zone, Washington and Tehran can avoid conflict.
Vladimir Putin Wants to Rewrite the History of World War II
The Russian president’s amateur history lessons are outraging neighboring countries. While he is right to criticize a recent EU Parliament resolution, his historical revisionism doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
Wall Street Was America’s First Foe in World War II
Breaking up monopolies was the first step in fighting Hitler.
When Iran Welcomed Jewish Refugees
In the middle of World War II, Tehran became a haven for both Jewish and Catholic Polish refugees who were welcomed as they arrived from Soviet Central Asia.
The World This Weekend
Chaos worsens in Sudan, Theresa May exits No. 10 Downing St., and the United States marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
D-Day’s Dying Legacy
The last survivors of the Normandy invasion—and history's worst war—are almost gone. How long will the international system they helped create survive them?
The Lessons of 1944 Are in Jeopardy
Seventy-five years after D-Day, the United States should remember that on-the-ground leadership still works.
Tokyo Keeps Defending World War II Atrocities
Japan's legal excuses over slave labor are weak at best.
Poland’s Historical Revisionism Is Pushing It Into Moscow’s Arms
The country doesn’t need an openly pro-Russian political party. Its own government’s attempts to rewrite Polish history play directly into Vladimir Putin’s hands.
Don’t Fear the Deep State. It’s the Shallow State That Will Destroy Us.
Populists like to blame elites, but from Israel to Britain to the United States their crusade against hardworking civil servants is undermining the foundations of democracy.
Bashar al-Assad Is Waging Biological War—By Neglect
By deliberately destroying and degrading public health infrastructure, the Syrian regime is reviving long-eradicated diseases and killing civilians.
Trump Didn’t Prepare Much for His Meeting With Kim. Will That Matter?
The best improvisation requires prep work.
German TV Is Sanitizing History
A new wave of historical dramas is telling the wrong stories about the country’s past.
The Quantum Gap with China
China has ramped up its investment in developing quantum technologies, but few understand the impacts of losing this modern-day space race.
The beginning of ‘Band of Brothers’ as a primer on good military leadership
Band of Brothers is a miniseries about the exploits of the soldiers of E Company, 2/506 PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment) from their initial training until the end of World War II in Europe.