Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan Fred Kaplan

Fred Kaplan is the author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.

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June 1 2016 3:58 PMTrump the ChumpOf course Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un support the presumptive GOP nominee. He serves their interests.
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May 19 2016 10:43 AMWhy the Middle East Is Still a Mess a Century After the Sykes-Picot AgreementIt’s just the delayed but inevitable result of the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
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May 9 2016 8:20 PMBen Rhodes Needs Some Fresh AirWhy Obama’s foreign-policy adviser comes across as insular and self-centered in a New York Times Magazine profile.
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April 25 2016 12:04 PMWhat Cyberwar Against ISIS Should Look LikeThe strategy worked to great effect against Iraq insurgents.
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April 15 2016 10:48 AMObama’s Secrecy ProblemWhile he complains that too much information is classified, his own administration has been hostile to openness and transparency.
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April 1 2016 2:22 PMWhose Foreign Policy Is Scarier: Cruz’s or Trump’s?One guy listens to a wild-eyed paranoiac. The other guy listens only to himself.
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March 29 2016 10:34 AMNobody Won the Apple-FBI StandoffThe feds finally cracked the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. Now Apple looks vulnerable—and the legal fight the FBI wants will have to wait.
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March 21 2016 5:40 PMWhen Castro Met NixonFidel charmed Americans in a 1959 visit, but U.S.­–Cuba relations were always doomed.
Future Tense
March 7 2016 5:56 AMInside “Eligible Receiver”The NSA’s disturbingly successful hack of the American military.  
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Feb. 23 2016 4:32 PMIt’s Long Past Time to Close GuantánamoAnd the arguments against doing so are silly.
Future Tense
Feb. 17 2016 5:57 PMRepairing America’s CybersecurityObama laid out an ambitious new plan last week while nobody was looking. Here are its flaws.
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Feb. 12 2016 2:01 AMBernie Sanders Is Trying to Distract YouHis strange Henry Kissinger detour in the PBS debate was just another diversion from his lack of a plan to confront today’s foreign policy challenges.
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Feb. 4 2016 4:33 PMHillary Clinton Told the Truth About Her Iraq War VoteHer foreign policy judgment can’t be understood without that context.
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Jan. 17 2016 4:05 PMObama’s Republican Foreign Policy Critics Don’t Understand How the World WorksThey seem to think that “hitting them hard” is the only way to get people to do things.
Politics
Jan. 6 2016 6:10 PMNorth Korea’s Nuclear Test Isn’t As Dangerous As Kim Jong-un Wants Us to Believe Still, the reclusive dictator is unpredictable, and that is something to worry about.
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May 23 2016 4:49 PMThis Just In: The Vietnam War Is Still OverAnd now is the perfect time for Obama to lift the arms embargo.
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May 13 2016 4:29 PMCold War TheaterThe U.S. and Russia are fighting about missile defense when they should be settling differences.
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April 27 2016 4:10 PMA Mess of ContradictionsDonald Trump’s foreign policy speech was even worse than his usual incoherent rambling.
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April 22 2016 11:48 AMWe Are Going to War in Iraq Against ISISIt’s a small-scale conflict, but big questions about a political solution linger.
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April 5 2016 5:20 PMRussia’s Long History of CorruptionThe Panama Papers merely confirm what we’ve long suspected about Putin.
Movies
March 31 2016 2:46 PMSketches of PainWhy can’t movies about jazz greats get what makes jazz great?
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March 23 2016 10:36 AMIt’s No Mystery Why ISIS Picked Brussels as a BaseBelgium’s government is a hodgepodge with dueling, uncooperative intelligence agencies.
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March 15 2016 4:51 PMWhat Does Russia’s Withdrawal From Syria Mean?Just that Bashar al-Assad is proving to be more trouble than he was worth.
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March 2 2016 11:30 AMThe Battle Between Apple and the FBI Is So Heated Because It’s So UnprecedentedTelecom companies have been cooperating with the government for almost a century.
Future Tense
Feb. 19 2016 6:26 PMHow Apple’s Stand Against the FBI Could BackfireTim Cook may have chosen the wrong time to fight the government on its request for access to a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.
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Feb. 12 2016 3:19 PMWhy the Syria Deal Isn’t Really Much of a DealSadly, it may only lock in the gains made by Russia and Bashar al-Assad.
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Feb. 9 2016 6:54 PMObama’s Whopping New Military BudgetForget what Republicans tell you. The president still likes big military budgets. 
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Jan. 29 2016 12:56 AMThe GOP Candidates Are Shockingly Uninformed About Foreign PolicyEven without Trump, the Republican field seems clueless on the basics.
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Jan. 14 2016 5:31 PMObama’s Hard Diplomatic Work Was Quietly Vindicated This Week The quick release of the U.S. sailors by Iran shows the value of the president’s calm, even-keeled approach to foreign policy. 
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Jan. 4 2016 6:27 PMWhy Saudi Arabia and Iran May Be Seeking a New CrisisThe Saudi royal family and Iranian hard-liners both could benefit from the tensions.    

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