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The Real Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Arturo Lopez-Levy in Politics, November 1, 2012

Kennedy and Khrushchev ultimately saved the world from a nuclear cataclysm. It was not a triumph of pure American will, as some devoted to U.S. maximalism like to forget, but the result of a negotiated arrangement.

Hawaii: Head of the Tentacled Beast

By Jon Letman in Politics, October 31, 2012

Hawaii’s relationship with the US military goes back to 1893 when US marines overthrew the sovereign kingdom ruled by Queen Liliuokalani. Always a major military base for the US in the Pacific, under Barack Obama the islands are set to play a vital role in his “Asia-Pacific Pivot”.

The Vickers Commission’s failure

By Laurence J. Kotlikoff in Economics and Finance, October 30, 2012

The UK’s Independent Commission on Banking set out to make banking safer and to change both the structure and regulation of banking. It failed to achieve any of these aims.

China vs India: a democracy battle

By William A Callahan in Politics, October 21, 2012

The last war between Asia’s giants erupted in October 1962. Fifty years on the respective works of a Chinese and an Indian intellectual define the shape of their 21st-century contest. For both, democracy is the key issue, for good or ill, that will define Asia’s future.

Hezbollah Hedges Its Bets on Assad

By Giorgio Cafiero in Politics, October 20, 2012

Hezbollah will not disappear even if the Assad regime does. Nonetheless, if the Ba’athist order in Syria falls, Hezbollah will be compelled to operate in a more challenging environment, both domestically and regionally.

Interview with Philip Marsden

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture, October 10, 2012

Philip Marsden talks about his new book “The Levelling Sea”, his career as a writer and his award-winning books: “The Crossing Place” that tracks the Armenian diaspora and “The Spirit-Wrestlers” about the ‘doukhobor’ dissenters in Russia.

Nikolai Berdyaev on Picasso

By Nikolai Berdyaev in Arts and Culture,

An essay on Picasso by the great Russian thinker Berdyaev written in 1914. “Picasso is a remarkable painter, profoundly agitating, but in him there is no attainment of beauty. He is all transitional—all crisis”. A critical but incisive look at early Picasso.

Japan’s Coming Political Earthquake

By Masahiro Matsumura in Politics,

Japan is now confronting political challenges that are as serious as any it has had to face since World War II’s end but the dearth of competent leadership means that the opportunites for change are not being seized.

Turkey’s Syria Problem

By Christopher Phillips in Politics, October 3, 2012

Christopher Phillips explains why Turkey’s recent regional resurgence in the Middle East is at risk of drowning in the Syrian quagmire. The crisis threatens Turkey’s regional ambitions and could also cause instability at home.

The Betrayal of the Republic

By Joost Douma in Features, September 27, 2012

Joost Douma examines a critical moment in ancient Roman history when the essential ingredient of the success of the Republic: the 400-year old policy of sharing the common wealth, was systematically destroyed, thus leading to the demise of the Republic and civil war.