Jackson, Polk, and—Kissinger?
‘Pawn Sacrifice’ tells the story of the 1972 World Chess Championship in Iceland, a Cold War match between Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union and American Bobby Fischer
The state of jihad and counter-jihad, in the middle of a long war
New book says U.S. intelligence agencies used 1,000 Nazis in the 1950s
What happened when Kenneth Fearing’s Communist sympathies came up against his ideas about art?
Nicholas Kristof’s totally reasonable, utterly delusional recipe for peace
The Pax Americana is over in the Middle East, and now the jockeying starts to see who will come out ahead
Ella German declined Oswald’s proposal, putting him on course to return to the U.S.—where he would assassinate the president
Why the U.S.-Israel alliance may be returning to its Cold War roots
The State Department cables show that the Palestinian leader was a key asset to the U.S. during the Kissinger years
Will Putin’s ban on adoptions finally help U.S. officials grasp the nature of Russia’s political leadership?
New research uncovers a link between Freud’s inner circle and the Soviet atomic bomb
The Salafis, Sunni Islamic extremists, are at least opposed to the most dangerous U.S. adversaries, the Shiites
Washington should back the Free Syrian Army in its insurgency against Bashar al-Assad, since toppling his regime would strike a blow against Iran
Norman Eisen, an old friend of Obama’s from Harvard Law School, is bolstering the forces of liberalism as ambassador to the Czech Republic
The U.S. could stop Iran from going nuclear. But policy-makers won’t risk the repercussions of a devastating attack on the Islamic Republic.
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union on March 29, 1951. Sixty years later, the case still crackles with controversy. Why is it so hard to put to rest?
While protests rage across the Arab Middle East, Israel stands as a regional model of resiliency, relevance, and democratic adaptability. And the Arab states will have to be more like it to survive.
Nationalism plays a vital role in Egyptian life, and its influence—despite Arab nationalism’s frequent association with dictatorial regimes—could be a key bulwark against religious extremism there
The end of the Cold War, argues French writer Marc Weitzmann, was more significant to U.S. foreign policy than the attacks of Sept. 11
A brief history of information warfare
Mass suicide and fart jokes