Fred Kaplan
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May 19 2015 7:35 PMIraq’s Least Worst OptionsIf we want to defeat ISIS, we are going to have to accept some outcomes we don’t like.
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May 8 2015 1:06 PMMend It, Don’t End ItCongress will limit the NSA’s ability to track our phone calls, not put a stop to it.   
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April 22 2015 5:42 PMThe Yemen TrapThe civil war in Yemen is a messy power struggle that will likely get worse before it gets better.
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April 2 2015 6:40 PMThe Deal of a LifetimeThere are still questions to be answered, but the nuclear agreement with Iran is very good news.
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March 26 2015 5:29 PMObama’s Middle East GambleThe president is trying to engage the troubled region on his own terms. Is that even possible?
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March 16 2015 3:55 PMThe Real Scandal Behind Hillary Clinton’s EmailWe are losing a generation of historical records because the National Archives has failed to do its job.
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March 3 2015 4:20 PMNetanyahu’s Deadly GambitThe Israeli prime minister is insincere. The only outcomes that would please him are Iranian regime change or outright war.
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Feb. 12 2015 5:28 PMHow to Defeat Putin in UkraineArming the Ukrainians is a losing game. Instead, help Kiev succeed.
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Feb. 2 2015 7:39 PMObama’s Big GunsWhy Obama’s defense budget is much larger than it looks.
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Jan. 21 2015 12:50 AMThe Muddled MissionThe president’s foreign policy message was wise, even if the actual execution has often confused means and ends. 
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Jan. 6 2015 4:10 PMRouhani’s Big GambleIran’s president is squaring off against his country’s hard-liners. We better hope he succeeds.
Music
Dec. 12 2014 6:14 PMThe Best Jazz Albums of 2014Plus the best reissues.
Music
Dec. 9 2014 12:09 PMDuke Ellington’s Best Album—One of the Best in Jazz—Is Also One of His Least-KnownAnd on a new reissue, it sounds better than ever.
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Nov. 24 2014 2:35 PMChuck OutWhy Chuck Hagel didn’t last long at the Pentagon. 
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Nov. 12 2014 5:16 PMLet’s Make a DealChina’s Xi Jinping seems to understand that with great power comes at least some responsibility.
Television
May 15 2015 12:25 PMWhat Did Mad Men Really Tell Us About American History?I’m one year older than Sally Draper. In the end, here’s how Matthew Weiner got the ’60s right.
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May 1 2015 1:32 PMDeath From AboveAnne Hathaway’s new one-woman play explores the frightening future of the drone wars.
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April 15 2015 12:01 PMPutin’s Hard SellWhy the Russian leader’s offer to sell missiles to Iran just made the nuclear deal more attractive.
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March 31 2015 7:23 PMGetting to MaybeWhat are the differences that have Western and Iranian nuclear negotiators staying up all night?
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March 18 2015 4:42 PMIsrael Just LostBenjamin Netanyahu has won at his own country’s expense.
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March 10 2015 2:18 PMAmateur HourThe letter 47 Republican senators sent to Iran is one of the most plainly stupid things a group of senators has ever done.
Culturebox
Feb. 20 2015 11:49 AMI, AudiophileI appreciate high-quality phono-cartridges. I recognize a good digital-to-analog converter. I care about the capacitors in my amplifier. I will not apologize for this. 
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Feb. 11 2015 4:39 PMEmpty ThreatsWhy even a Republican-controlled Congress will give President Obama the authority to wage war.
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Jan. 27 2015 5:31 PMLong Live the King!Why President Obama is suddenly cozying up to the Saudi royal family. 
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Jan. 12 2015 5:38 PMThe Centcom Hack Is No Big DealIt happens all the time.
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Dec. 17 2014 6:18 PMThe New Age of CyberwarfareWhy we should expect more attacks on companies like Sony Pictures. 
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Dec. 10 2014 5:16 PMThere’s No Way Bush and Cheney Didn’t KnowThe Senate Intelligence Committee suggests that the White House knew everything about the CIA’s torture program but the details.
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Dec. 3 2014 5:28 PMThe Best DefenseAshton Carter may be the right person to lead the Pentagon, but why was the shortlist of candidates so short?
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Nov. 20 2014 4:11 PMJaw-Jaw With IranWe are likely going to blow the deadline in the Iranian nuclear negotiations. But why not just keep talking?
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Nov. 7 2014 11:45 AMThe Day the Wall Came DownWhy the fall of the Berlin Wall led to the world we know today.

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