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It’s the Fears not the Fear Mongering that We Should Focus On | 03/27/15 "Instead of focusing on Netanyahu's fear mongering, let's focus on trying to assuage Israeli fears. Only then will Israelis vote for someone who really supports Palestinian statehood."
The Eleventh Hour: The Legacy and the Lessons of World War I | 03/24/15 One hundred years after the First World War, boundaries established after the armistice at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" still shape many of today's conflicts, from ISIS's invasion of Mosul to Boko Haram's kidnapping of schoolgirls. What lessons have we learned from WWI? Just as important, what have we still not learned?
Russia's Orthodox Soft Power | 03/23/15 Russia's values are often overlooked, or treated simplistically as the antithesis of Western values. We should understand that the close relationship between the Orthodox Church and the state provides Russia's foreign policy with a definable moral framework, one that given its popularity, is likely to continue to shape policies well into the future.
The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East | 03/20/15 In this stirring, information-filled talk on the Kurdish people, David Phillips recounts centuries of abuse and repression against the world's "largest stateless people." But he also illuminates the vitality of today's Kurds, who are "pro-Western and secular" and have proven to be America's most capable regional partners in the fight against ISIS.
The United States, Russia, and Ukraine: Report from Moscow | 03/10/15 Dmitri Trenin, director of Carnegie Endowment's Moscow Center, served in the Soviet and Russian military for two decades and understands both the Russian and U.S. points of view. He warns that U.S.-Russia relations are heading for a new version of the Cold War, and also discusses the Russian economy and its relations with China and other countries.
"The Endtimes of Human Rights" by Stephen Hopgood | 03/10/15
Is the Human Rights "project" coming to an end? Hopgood believes it has sold its moral clarity for an alliance with interventionist liberal states.
"Power in Concert: The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Global Governance" by Jennifer Mitzen | 03/10/15
Mitzen contends that when states publicly commit to joint action in pursuit of a common goal, this fact will exert an influence on their behavior that is not captured by the conventional focus on their self-interest or self-perception.
Table of Contents, Volume 29.1 (Spring 2015) | 03/10/15
It includes an essay by Shefa Siegel on Liberia, Ebola, and the "Cult of Bankable Projects"; a symposium on imagining a "Drone Accountability Regime," featuring a lead article by Allen Buchanan and Robert O. Keohane, and with responses from Neta C. Crawford, Janina Dill, and David Whetham; features by Richard Beardsworth on moral and political responsibility in world politics and by John Williams on space, drones, and just war; and book reviews.