A 1983 terror attack caught the U.S. with its eyes closed. It swore to keep watching and watching and watching.
Think Israel wouldn't strike Iran's nukes in defiance of America's wishes? Think again.
Will Egypt’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood fan the embers of Islamic insurgency?
If John Kerry wants to make peace in the Middle East, he's going to need some Kissinger mojo.
What if the U.N.'s headquarters had been on Lake St. Clair instead of the East River?
What Mao and Stalin’s first awkward meeting tells us about Xi Jinping’s confident trip to see Vladimir Putin.
The world is grown so bad that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch. Can Shakespeare’s fallen tyrant help us set it to rights?
Can Les Misérables help us understand why some revolutions succeed and others barely get off the ground?
But it does believe in promoting a fanciful version of its own history.
The Salafi threat to blow up the pyramids is nothing new: Egypt's ambivalence toward its past dates back centuries.
How America’s first foray into the modern Arab world can help solve its current entanglements.
A window of opportunity is closing in the South China Sea. Will Beijing strike?
Don’t read too much into the pronouncements of former Israeli security officials on Iran: Israel’s civilian leadership overrules the generals all the time.
In its naval clash with Beijing, Manila seems to be taking its cues from a third-century Roman dictator.
Six stations on the road to forgiveness -- and why there's no harm in President Obama apologizing to Afghanistan.
A bloody six-year civil war fought against Bashar al-Assad's father presents a cautionary tale for Syria's modern-day rebels.
The epicenter of Syria's revolt has long been the butt of jokes. But Homs may get the last laugh.
If the past half-century of American political history has taught us anything, it's that we can't possibly know the consequences of bombing -- or not bombing -- Iran.
How America's longtime man in Southeast Asia, Jim Thompson, fought to stop the CIA's progression from a small spy ring to a large paramilitary agency -- and was never seen again.
The long wait for Iran's first nuclear power plant is finally over. It's now online, but is it ready?
The roots of Egyptians' rage can be traced back to bad economic advice from the IMF -- and the crony capitalism it left behind.
In this month's market upheavals in the United States and Europe, we are witnessing the end of a seven-decade economic experiment. But does anyone have any clue what comes next?
After more than three decades of targeted killings, is there anyone left alive who can actually run Afghanistan?
Yelena Bonner and Andrei Sakharov were giants. Why do so few Russians remember them?
The campaign to allow Saudi women behind the wheel has been a generation in the making.