social and political issues
An intellectual journey: dodging the culture wars, thinking for myself
If we want to find the truth we have to resist the temptation of simply picking a side.
Principle, rigor and execution matter in US foreign policy
Not since the end of the Cold War has the US had a president with a deep understanding of history.
Dangers for export giants Germany and China
Around the globe, many fear a major readjustment of politics and economies.
The final dismissal
Gough Whitlam, the charismatic protagonist of Australia's most momentous constitutional crisis, has died at 98.
Looking where Gaudi looked
The architectural genius behind the most extraordinary church in the world was the subject of a recent international congress.
Saving ourselves from Ebola
Nine months into Ebola crisis it's sad we're taking more notice because of 'threat' to West
Admirable Nobel decision unlikely to spur India-Pakistan peace
The history of the prize in galvanising peace between acrimonious countries is very discouraging.
Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: the prize and peril of Kirkuk
The Turkish government is looking at Iraq and Syria in a way similar to its stance almost a century ago. .
The critical challenge of gender equality
We need to critique the excesses of new social orthodoxies from a considered position.
Scotland’s “no” vote befits a melancholy nationalism
An expatriate British Scot's prediction has proved correct, though it cost him some angst.
Putin strides forward into the 19th Century
Vladimir Putin is not a new Stalin, but he does have the mindset of a Czar.
Doing justice to Ian Paisley
Forgiveness, yes, but the honest recording of memory has its own moral imperative.
The implications of a “yes” vote for Scotland’s independence
Does separation foreshadow the break-up of the nation-state model?
The global citizen without a country?
Today’s global citizenship movement emphasizes human rights disconnected from the history of any particular nation.
The virtue of subtlety: a U.S. strategy against the Islamic State
The American strategy in the Middle East is fixed: allow powers in the region to balance against each other. When that fails, intervene.
Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea strategy
It is essential for the US to think in terms of a coherent center of gravity of operations.
Driving to Nebraska: Cinema, human dignity, and the elderly
At times, cinema succeeds where philosophy fails.
Iraq and Syria follow Lebanon’s precedent
A strong case can be made that the nation states created a century ago in the Middle East are now defunct.
The urgency of peace
Peace between Israel and Hamas must be founded on justice, not merely a cessation of hostilities.
Europe’s malaise: the new normal?
Europe has been mired in an economic crisis of slow growth and high unemployment for half a decade now.
Play it again, Sam
The late Samuel Huntington's claim that we face a clash of civilizations needs to be dusted off.
Historical Kiev, a city ringing with ‘holy, heavenly songs’
The seat of today's beleaguered Ukraine government was once the mother of Russian cities.
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