Best Foreign Affairs Web Stories of 2011
The year began with the Arab Spring and ended with a dent in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s armor. There were big budget talks in Washington, and Europe watched its fiscal union teeter on the brink of collapse. Of course, U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden. Read our 12 best online stories from 2011. (c) Ib Ohlsson
Time to Attack Iran?
Opponents of military action against Iran assume a U.S. strike would be far more dangerous than simply letting Tehran build a bomb. Not so, argues this former Pentagon defense planner. With a carefully designed attack, could Washington mitigate the costs and spare the region and the world from an unacceptable threat? Read the full article.
The Tweets, Tics And Turns Of Twitter Politics →
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the presidential election. A good time to revisit Clay Shirky’s piece in Foreign Affairs. The Political Power of Social Media npr: Is public political discourse any different in the new age of social media? Survey says: Yes. Also, How Twitter’s Trending Algorithm Picks Its Topics
The Legacy of George F. Kennan: Tearing the Mask...
As Nicholas Thompson writes in his review of a new biography of the scholar-diplomat, “George F. Kennan had two really big ideas. The ﬁrst was containment, which he presented in the ‘X’ article, published in Foreign Affairs in 1947, but which he had been reﬁning for years in speeches. The idea was that there is a middle ground between diplomacy and war. If the former fails,...
Talking Tough to Pakistan
By Stephen Krasner The United States gives Pakistan billions of dollars in aid each year. Pakistan returns the favor by harboring terrorists, spreading anti-Americanism, and selling nuclear technology abroad. The bribes and the begging aren’t working: only threats and the determination to act on them will do the job. Washington must tell Islamabad to start cooperating or lose its...
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The 2012 Election and the Republicans' Foreign...
The man who gave us “Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan” has dropped out of the Republican primary. But the remaining GOP candidates will still struggle to sound out a clear message on foreign policy that is different from Barack Obama’s. Read James Lindsay’s take.