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  • Hillary Clinton's challenges are far bigger than book tour

    Hillary Clinton's challenges are far bigger than book tour
    Hillary Clinton had a rough rollout for her new book and likely presidential quest; there were gaffes, awkward answers and a relatively slow response to criticism. No other would-be presidential contender approaches her stature or public appeal. None,...
  • Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' makes for compelling reading

    Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' makes for compelling reading
    She hasn't decided yet. Or if she has, she's not telling. But if Hillary Rodham Clinton does run for president in 2016, her new book "Hard Choices," a chronicle of her four years as secretary of State, leaves no room for doubt about how she might...
  • The war correspondents' view from Afghanistan

    The war correspondents' view from Afghanistan
    Wars are often at their most dangerous as they are winding down, fraught with unpredictability and chaos. But that is also the time when the conflict's true trajectory becomes clear, and the perspective of thoughtful and seasoned observers takes on...
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai relieved his term is winding down

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai relieved his term is winding down
    Six weeks before the Afghan election, at a meeting at the presidential palace, women's rights activist Sima Samar gently teased President Hamid Karzai about being a short-timer. Karzai suddenly grew emotional, Samar recalled. "To be honest, my sister, I...
  • Dispute of Ukraine's relationship with Russia rages on

    Last weekend when British Prime Minister David Cameron was insisting, once again, this time to François Hollande, that the European Union will have to consent to remake itself before 2017 if it expects to keep Britain from quitting the Union,...
  • John Kerry's high-wire diplomacy

    John Kerry's high-wire diplomacy
    Has John F. Kerry turned into the unexpected star of President Obama's second term? He was Obama's second choice as secretary of State (after Susan Rice). He's the same windy, stiff Bostonian who ran unsuccessfully for president a decade ago. And he's...
  • Major European aerospace merger sends shockwaves around the globe

    PARIS -- The first of the presidential debates is supposed to be confined to domestic American issues, which is nearly all that the candidates have talked about during the campaign until now. Foreign affairs have forced their way into the campaign on a...
  • A right and proper death of the euro

    PARIS -- When the proposal was initially made for a common European currency, it seemed to this writer to be a good idea, with the flaw that it wouldn't work. Although inexpert in economics (being a product of the age of arithmetic), it struck me as an...
  • Ronan Farrow: Our next public intellectual

    Alongside our heaps of reality television personalities, Kardashian-style celebrities and teenage pop stars, the United States is poised to get something it sorely needs: a public intellectual. Ronan Farrow has the celebrity background. He's the son...
  • Mark Leibovich's 'This Town' captures Washington's 'me' generation

    Mark Leibovich's 'This Town' captures Washington's 'me' generation
    Political scientist Louis Brownlow once famously lauded Franklin D. Roosevelt's advisors' "passion for anonymity." Gone are the days. Today's Washington operatives more closely resemble Norma Desmond in "Sunset Blvd." — characters consumed by...
  • Book review: 'The Obamians' examines a small, powerful inner circle

    Book review: 'The Obamians' examines a small, powerful inner circle
    Back in 2004, when James Mann wrote "Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet," he took full advantage of the sarcastic nickname that President George W. Bush's foreign policy advisors gave themselves. It not only captured their...
  • Big ideas, small impact

    Big ideas, small impact
    One evening in September 2009, I squeezed into a room packed with American Marines and British military officers at Camp Leatherneck, the desert base that served as headquarters for the 10,000 Marines who made up the first wave of President Barack Obama's...