It was as if I had never left. When I recently returned to Germany, where I had lived during the mid-1980s and the late 1990s, all anybody could talk about, it seemed, was anti-Semitism and the... read more

Like Munich, Yalta is much more than the name of a place: It's shorthand for a pivotal historical event with all the loaded emotional baggage of its consequences. While Munich stands for... read more

The trajectory is familiarand predictable. A new president takes office, riding a wave of popularity and generating huge excitement. He promises to abandon what he characterizes as the failed... read more

One of the oft-repeated stories among soldiers in Vietnam concerned a purported island in the Pacific where the U.S. Army would dispatch those men who had contracted incurable forms of venereal... read more

If Ronald Reagan was watching the news from afar last week, he had to be smiling. Not because of President Obama's decision to abandon the planned deployment of a missile defense system in Poland... read more


Americans living in Germany during the 1939 offensive knew they were witnessing the beginning of something truly terrible.


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Iran's Twitter-fueled protests may be using modern technology, but they're drawing from an older playbook: Poland's Solidarity movement of the 1980s.


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North Korea's wait for the "Great Leader" to die could unleash unpredictable consequences.


"You'll be there for the succession," one of my... read more


The Obama-Cheney disagreements over past policies are hardly unique. What similar historical debates in Poland and Russia can teach us.


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Successful arms-control talks between Russia and the U.S. could also help matters in Iran and Afghanistan.


Even to some of the closest... read more