Stay to Win In the fifth year of America's war in Iraq, some astounding numbers have come to suggest that the tide just might be turning.
Leave or Lose One senses a ghastly inevitability about this American adventure—half tragedy, half farce and all folly.
Morale Matters After several months in which the news from Iraq has steadily if spottily improved, the time has come to think about what just a few months ago seemed unthinkable.
Don’t Declare Victory We clearly are able to achieve short- to medium-term improvements in the security conditions in the country, but we should have no illusions that we can soon “win” a bigger game.
We Won Years Ago Such success as we have achieved in Iraq, like the strategic and tactical failures there that went before, is due largely to the (bewilderingly episodic) leadership of President Bush.
For the Long Haul Success in Iraq will come when Americans and Iraqis have arrived at a relationship durable enough to ride out political change in both societies.
Winning a Civil War? The U.S. military has supported and enabled the Sunni Awakening but we cannot delude ourselves into thinking that the U.S. military initiated or commands it.
Think Local Leverage has always been the defining characteristic of statecraft done well. It is time we employed it strategically, not just tactically, in Iraq.
Political Angles For most of a war-weary public, the lull in violence is not enough to redeem the heavy costs of our ill-fated expedition into a Mesopotamian heart of darkness.
The U.S. Army What imprint will the experience of Iraq leave on U.S. ground forces? The picture is mixed.
The Hashemites A victory for America in Iraq would vindicate and strengthen the U.S. reputation in Jordan.
Winning Will Resonate If Iraq drops to page-three or page-four story by the end of 2008, that would qualify as a better outcome, if not exactly a “win.”
Lessons in Humility Greater introspection is called for at the present moment, something that should render our calling whatever transpires in Iraq a “win” less likely.china futures
How China Is Ruled The Chinese Communist Party’s scheme for keeping political control after the Tiananmen crisis is now the problem.
How China Was Ruled History can’t answer how a powerful China will act, but it enriches the question.
Smart Power, Chinese Style China’s creative, long-range thinking is running circles around the United States.after bush
Hagel Looks Ahead A conversation with Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel on post-Bush America.
Rediscovering The New World Deep changes in Latin America demand a new U.S. agenda.
Toolbox: Strengthening American Diplomacy Six suggestions for the next president.reviews
The Theotropic Instinct The temptation to mix religion and politics springs eternal.
On Toleration Postmodern toleration has its dogmatic side.
The Wondrous Wall of Separation American church-state relations in practice.
What Makes a Neocon? Is neoconservatism a “Jewish mindset”?
Lincoln as Kitsch No symbol is too revered for some Americans to debase—even “Honest Abe.”notes & letters
George Washington, Reluctant Realist “What if we win?” was a question that resounded in 1778, too.
Testing the “Israel Lobby” Thesis Lessons from the Mearsheimer and Walt debate.