Eastern Contradictions There is an enormous gulf between what President Obama is saying about Ukraine and what he appears willing to do.
Obama’s Next MoveThe president just described ISIS as a threat to civilization. Now he must back up those words with action.
America’s Flight 17The time the United States blew up a passenger plane—and tried to cover it up.
Israel’s Deadly Gambits The Israeli government has lost the ability to think strategically.
Angela Merkel Is Very AngryIn expelling the CIA station chief in Berlin, she’s sending a serious message to Obama.
Obama Lays Siege to His CriticsAt West Point, President Obama defends a foreign policy vision based on more than U.S. military might.
Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?Obama wants Beijing to know how much we know.
The Sanctions IllusionObama has chosen to go after Putin’s cronies. But do sanctions ever really work?
Why Putin May Stand DownKiev is offering the Russian strongman what he wants, without his having to send in the tanks.
How to Punish PutinIgnore him. He’s running a regional power and isn’t half as smart as Cold Warriors think.
Obama at WarThe president outlined a reasonable strategy for attacking ISIS. What could go wrong?
Obama Shouldn’t Bomb ISIS in SyriaWe have no strategy for intervening there, and no reason to think it will work.
Putin’s FingerprintsVladimir Putin is responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. His next move will matter most of all.
ISIS’ Leader Just Declared Himself CaliphWhy that might actually mean that the militia is sputtering.
Why Iran Is America’s Best New Partner in the Middle EastSometimes we must form alliances with unpleasant nations to prevent something worse.
What People Don’t Understand About the Bergdahl DealAmerica negotiates with terrorists. These were not terrorists. And this could be the start of something big.
The Right Goal in UkraineDon’t be distracted by Putin and his antics. The real test is stabilizing Ukraine.
TODAY IN SLATE
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The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
The Other Huxtable Effect
Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.
Inside Higher Ed
Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
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Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda? A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.