Tuesday, July 29, 2014
  1. World Affairs

    The End of the Arab State

    Christopher R. Hill
    World Affairs

    The End of the Arab State


     asks why sectarian and tribal allegiances have replaced civic conceptions of national identity.

    Abu Dhabi Sunset Asim Bharwani/Flickr

    In a region where crises seem to be the norm, the Middle East’s latest cycle of violence suggests something bigger: the beginning of the dissolution of the Arab nation-state, reflected in the fragmentation of Sunni Arabia. And, as state authority weakens, tribal and sectarian allegiances strengthen. READ MORE

  2. Innovation & Technology

    The Internet’s Next Act

    J. Bradford DeLong
  3. World Affairs

    Reassurance and Resolve in East Asia

    James Steinberg
    World Affairs

    Reassurance and Resolve in East Asia

    &  call for a US regional strategy that does not rely solely on offensive escalation.

    Chinese destroyer Zha Chunming/ZumaPress

    As territorial frictions involving China and many of its neighbors persist in the East and South China Seas, the US needs a clearer regional strategy. America must simultaneously uphold its interests and alliance commitments and avoid counterproductive confrontation, or even conflict. READ MORE

  4. Politics

    Abe’s Asian Gambit

    Gareth Evans

    Abe’s Asian Gambit


     explores the potential risks stemming from Japan's international muscle-flexing.

    Shinzo Abe Visits Yasukuni Shrine Koichi Kamoshida/ZumaPress

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s makeover of Japanese foreign policy ranks among the most important recent global developments. But, the process must be very carefully managed by all concerned, including the US and Japan's other Asia-Pacific allies, lest it upset the fragile balance that holds the Sino-American rivalry in check. READ MORE

  5. Culture & Society

    The Trauma of France’s Jews

    Dominique Moisi
    Culture & Society

    The Trauma of France’s Jews


     dismisses comparisons of French anti-Semitism today to that of the Nazi era.

    Jewish man in France MortAuPat/Flickr

    In the aftermath of recent attacks on synagogues in France, British and American media reports made comparisons to the Nazi era, with some even referring to a French Kristallnacht. Such hyperbole must be firmly rejected, for it offends the memory of those who suffered at the hands of the collaborationist Vichy regime. READ MORE

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