A state that's looking more and more like a geopolitical fiction.
One might begin to get the impression that this is all futile.
Fed up with cartels and government inaction, the people begin to take action. That's how it started in Colombia, too.
Growing Kurdish autonomy in Syria could shake up the region—and Washington is on its heels.
A mix of impotence and meddling that's the inverse of its constitutional role.
The president is letting the Philippines steer his policy in a volatile region.
Failure of the UN chemical-disarmament plan could put Obama on the warpath again—and Congress might not be consulted.
The hawks are unhappy that Washington and Damascus haven't come to blows.
While America focuses on the Middle East, troubling developments continue in Asia.
Those who look to NATO's 1999 attack on Serbia as an example of how to handle Syria err.
Attacks on the rebels highlight the Syrian civil war's incredible geopolitical complexity.
Drug violence stems from drug prohibition. Tighter gun laws won't change that.
The U.S. tendency to think of all nations as coherent nation-states has led to repeated disaster.
The head of the brutal Zetas cartel is behind bars. It doesn't matter.
The last time Washington tried this, it didn't go so well.
As Tokyo shows signs of flexing muscle in East Asia, neighboring countries are reacting.
It makes sense for Europe to lean on America for protection. East Asia is a different story.
China won't risk pressuring North Korea unless it fears Japan and South Korea might develop bombs of their own.
People are taking their security into their own hands, a very worrisome sign.
Attacking Libya after it gave up its arms program sent the message that America's enemies should keep their nukes.
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