Finlandization is Not a Solution for Ukraine The Ukrainian crisis bears many similarities to the Cold War. Once again, Russian tanks have rolled across an international border. Central and Eastern European countries openly fear Moscow’s revanchist and imperial foreign policy. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, long ago prophesied to go “out of area or out of business”, has found new purpose deterring...

The Curious Case of Countries Where Being Gay is a Crime While the cause of gay rights has made remarkable progress in the United States over the past year—with recent court rulings in New Mexico and Utah mandating recognition of same-sex unions—the situation has been bleak in other corners of the world. Two weeks ago, the Ugandan parliament passed a long-debated bill imposing lifetime sentences for...

Child's Play The fairy-tale world of Model United Nations

A Farewell to Facebook A political animal, I have no plans to stop opining about the issues of the day. Just don’t expect me to engage with you about them on Facebook.

A Personal Reflection on Germany's Circumcision Debate I never imagined that my existence as a Jew in Germany would be challenged by an advertisement in the Berlin U-Bahn. But there it was, staring at me on the U2 line on my way home one afternoon, a small poster encased in the curvature of the train carriage roof. Visible was the fully clothed...

The Global Popularity Fetish In the spring of 2008, during the waning months of the Bush years, I was among a group of journalists, think tankers, and former government officials who met in a swank restaurant abutting the Potomac in Georgetown, on the dime of a well-endowed Washington think tank, for a discussion about America’s “standing” in the world....

What Price Popularity? Pursuing the favour of global publics has not shown the results President Obama heralded; it may be making things worse. Barack Obama entered the White House riding a wave of popularity around the world unparalleled in recent political history. His margin of victory among American voters in last November’s presidential election was 6 percentage points;...

The Foley Follies The scandal surrounding former Florida Republican representative Mark Foley was critical in the Democrats’ 2006 takeover of Congress. Now that an investigation has determined he broke no law, was winning an election worth perpetuating gay stereotypes? You could be pardoned for forgetting about mark foley. The erstwhile congressman’s life unraveled in September 2006 with the...