At six foot four inches tall, Truman Smith cut an imposing figure, and possessed an impressive pedigree. Smith's grandfather had served as a U.S. senator, and his father was a... read more


Right-wing extremism still flourishes in Germany, but forbidding the publication of Hitler’s screed accomplishes nothing—and may even make it more alluring to the wrong people... read more

Late on a frozen, translucent night in Moscow in 1981, I took my collie out for a walk and let her off the leash on the snow-covered playground near our building in the foreigners compound where... read more

Two decades ago, Bill Clinton famously kept himself on message in his successful bid to unseat President George H.W. Bush by repeatedly invoking the phrase: "It's the economy, stupid." It was... read more

Visiting playwright Vaclav Havel in his Prague apartment overlooking the Vltava River in the 1980s, foreign correspondents were often stopped by police or secret police watching his building, who... read more

Otto and Elise Hampel were improbable German resisters. By all accounts, the working-class, middle-aged couple accepted Hitler’s New Order up until 1940. Then, during the invasion of France, Elise... read more

Back in the 1920s, American correspondents based in Europe were writing about a new phenomenon. "The Americanization of Europe proceeds merrily apace," Karl von Wiegand wrote in The Washington... read more

If he were still alive, John Paul would view the current upheavals in North Africa and the Middle East with hope.

Critics of John Paul II's beatification this Sunday say it's both too... read more


During the midterm elections, candidates largely ignored foreign policy. Not even the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq... read more

These days my fanatical allegiance to the San Francisco Giants usually evokes puzzled looks. After all, I was born in Scotland of Polish parents, who came to the United States when I was less than... read more