Stephen Cohen was once considered a top Russia historian. Now he publishes odd defenses of Vladimir Putin. The Nation just published his most outrageous one yet.
Israel’s Media BlackoutWhy aren’t Israeli journalists questioning their military’s devastation in Gaza?
I Do Not Want to Be a NumberThe missiles raining on Gaza are reducing once beautiful lives to no more than digits. It happens in an instant, and the thought drives you mad.
Red Guard ReunionMao nearly destroyed their lives, but the class of 1967 still can’t criticize the icon.
Democracy’s Last World Cup?The cost and corruption that come with the games make them appealing to dictators, not democracies.
Putin the PredictableThe Russian leader follows a consistent strategy. First he condemns. Then he copies.
Why Fear Boko HaramThe Nigerian militant group abducted 234 teenage girls two weeks ago. That’s just the beginning.
Where Were We When Rwanda Needed Us Most?An aid worker reflects on how the war-torn country was failed by those who promised to save it.
Putin Isn’t PanickingThe Flight 17 disaster is just one misstep in the Russian president’s wider war on the West.
The End of the Russian Fairy TaleThe downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane has exposed the chaos in Ukraine as a real war.
Welcome to Free KievAs Russia becomes more oppressive, émigrés are seeking refuge in Ukraine’s capital.
The Trouble With “Breakout Capacity”How a widely misunderstood term could doom the Iran nuclear negotiations.
The State of TerrorWe think of terrorist outfits like ISIS as nonstate actors. But what happens when terrorists carve themselves a state?
What Israel Can Teach Us About BergdahlIsrael swaps thousands of Palestinian prisoners to get back captive soldiers. Here is the price it pays for those exchanges.
Ukraine’s Zombie RevolutionThe Donetsk People’s Republic is a Soviet zombie state propped up within Ukraine’s borders.
“In This Very Dangerous World, You Have to Be Strong”An interview with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
Sanctioning WeaknessThe West can no longer afford to be reactive and tardy in its strategic thinking.
“This Is a Fight for Ukrainian Freedom”An interview with leading Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko.
Putin’s New Kind of WarForget D-Day or “shock and awe.” The Kremlin is reinventing invasions with thugs, criminals, and lies.
Finding the Man Who Saved My FamilyHe rescued us from a Balkan death camp 20 years ago. I found him in my apartment in Queens.