The problem with being a post-deterrence U.S. president is that without deterrence, the world we live in quickly becomes dangerous.
After 40 years of fighting in the desert for their unrecognized country, the people of Western Sahara may be on the cusp of collapsing into extremism - and it could be the thing that saves them.
The jihadist takeover of northern Iraq is a disaster for Iraqis. But the destruction of an ancient Christian culture is a disaster for the world.
Western governments are right to insist on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. But that shouldn't stop them from building ties to contested regions.
Long live a new era of America's halting involvement in a world not of its own making.
The latest military coup in Thailand won't ensure real stability unless the country's new rulers address the deeper causes of political conflict.
Why the memory of the liberation of Europe is still a battlefield.
An American lawyer finds new evidence about one of World War II’s most notorious war crimes, seven decades after D-Day.
The secret history of Mikhail Gorbachev's ill-timed trip to Beijing -- and why Russia still fears the contagion of Tiananmen.
On the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, China is writing a new legacy of repression.
The forgotten history of the Battle of Khaibar offers some alluring hints.
Nearly a century after its spectacular demise, why Europe's most embarrassing anachronism is making a comeback.
In Ukraine, women militants are taking up weapons on both sides of the barricades.
The waters drowning Bosnia have unearthed thousands of land mines.
History has shown that the Catholic Church can be a great force for good. But it can only live up to that promise by properly addressing the clerical sex abuse scandal.
Four graphs show how China stacks up against the powers of yesterday.
The OSCE was designed to ensure peace in Europe. Now the conflict in Ukraine is confronting it with perhaps the greatest crisis in its history.
As Russia marks the USSR's victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the chill of Crimea casts a shadow over remembrances.
Seventeen years after he fled the country, Mobutu Sese Seko is still being held responsible for the shortcomings of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here's why that view is overly simplistic.
The history of Jewish-Ukrainian relations hasn't been a happy one. But these days, the two sides are joining forces against Vladimir Putin.
A power struggle has broken out among pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine: They're fighting for control of a country that doesn't exist yet.
The complicated history of the world's most famous war photograph.
Fame, acclaim, and a notorious friendship with Fidel Castro: The life of writer Gabriel Garcia Márquez was as fantastical and politically charged as his reality-bending novels.
A diplomatic spat over Iran’s ambassador to the United States has Washington and Tehran at odds again.
From Napoleon to Bush, there's good precedent on why it's a bad idea for Russia to invade eastern Ukraine.
Life was already hard enough for Ukrainians. But now they also have to worry about a Russian army on the march.
A conversation with legendary video game developer Sid Meier about the worlds he’s made, the people who have played in them, and how his Civilization resembles reality.
The legacy of genocide and why humanitarian intervention still needs a president that's compelled to act.