Monday, January 26, 2015
  1. America’s Global Balancing Act

    Zbigniew Brzezinski

    America’s Global Balancing Act


     rejects the widespread view that the United States is in global retreat.

    US soldier camera balance US Air Force/Natassia Cherne/Flickr

    The redistribution of global power has produced a situation in which the US is no longer the sole hegemon. The US has to acknowledge the fact that the world is now much more complex, and that, though it must understand the national interests of key players, it cannot allow itself to identify completely with any of them. READ MORE

  2. Charlie and the Anti-Muslim Media Factory

    Sami Mahroum

    Charlie and the Anti-Muslim Media Factory


     argues that European Muslims should not have to apologize for violence by criminals.

    Mosque at night Pan Chaoyue/ZumaPress

    It is facile to frame the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo as an attack on freedom of expression. Are we supposed to be surprised that a global terror organization known for its brutal disregard for human rights and humane values would attack a media outlet that has specialized in provoking it? READ MORE

  3. Charlie and Theo

    Ian Buruma

    Charlie and Theo


     rebuts those who believe that smashing taboos is the essence of democracy.

    Charlie Hedbo Valentina Cala/ZumaPress

    Democracies must make room for those who challenge social taboos by being deliberately impolite. But to equate such iconoclasts with “democracy” or “Western civilization” seems too grandiose. READ MORE

  4. The War with Radical Islam

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
  5. The Russian Threat Runs Out of Fuel

    Daniel Gros

    The Russian Threat Runs Out of Fuel


     believes that the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy has become unsustainable.

    Moscow Russia Emre Ergin/ZumaPress

    For Europe, the defining event of 2014 was Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military intervention in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, which directly challenged Europe's renunciation of the use of force to alter national borders. But Russia is no longer in any position to sustain its aggressive foreign policy. READ MORE

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