The End of the Iraq War

In March 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom commenced. More than nine years later, the last US combat troops exited the country. They left behind a fragile nation in search of peace and unity - and long-held assumptions about the extent of America's might and the prospects of nation-building.

Why Iraq Still Haunts ...

Nine years after the invasion of Iraq, Europe continues to define its foreign policy. While the United States have developed a clear doctrine for the use of force, European policy remains confused. As tensions in the Middle East grow, the EU is unprepared to learn the lessons of the Iraq war.

Iraq and the Pretense ...

When the US invaded Iraq in 2003, its chest was swelled with self-confidence: A new democratic state would rise and prosper once Saddan was ousted. Nine years later, we know how unfounded that optimism was. The future of Iraq will not be controlled from Washington but by the sectarian forces unleash

After Iraq, a New Prag...

Over the past year, US foreign policy has caught up with a new reality: Troops have been withdrawn from Iraq, American commanders refused to take sole leadership in Libya. Iraq has illustrated that America's unipolar moment is finally over.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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