Decline of U.S. influence means Iran and Saudi Arabia may just have to get along — eventually NEW
Thirty-five years ago Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran chanting “death to America.” But today Iran wants to work with the United States to stabilize Iraq while negotiating a deal on its nuclear program. The journey from...
Seven reasons why the Arab uprisings are eclipsing western values NEW
Protesters in the Middle East are increasingly using western-style freedoms and technologies to reject the liberal tenets of the West.
On Iran, Obama’s bigger challenge is with his allies NEW
When it comes to the Middle East, Obama’s thorniest problems come not from his enemies, but from his friends.
Syria and the politicization of British foreign policy NEW
The main reason that the Syrian campaign was voted down yesterday is not that Britain wants to retreat from the world -- but that the case David Cameron put forward was incoherent, and the political management of the government was faulty.
Do democracies have the guts for diplomacy on Syria? NEW
It will be impossible to de-escalate the crisis in Syria by sticking to the comfortable pronouncements of Western politicians.
UK Independence Party renews culture wars NEW
The UK Independence Party has burst onto center stage to capture almost a quarter of the votes in local elections in Britain, threatening to upset the stable two-party system in a small part of a political backlash against globalization and interdepe...
Protests in France are more than a battle over culture NEW
With economic and political spheres surrendered to global markets and German politicians, the protesters in France may be trying to reclaim ownership of the cultural sphere by seizing on the gay marriage proposal.
The State of the Union and the end of persuasion NEW
Although Barack Obama’s prodigious oratorical skills recall politicians of centuries past, the purpose of his rhetoric is different. His goal is not to change minds but to identify all the people who already agree with him and painstakingly cra...