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Roger Cohen



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Can-do Lee Kuan Yew

Lee had one basic yardstick for policy: Does it work? It was the criterion of a forward-looking man for whom history was instructive but not imprisoning...

Pakistan still trapped in its labyrinth

President Obama goes to India and Pakistan is way down on his agenda — if it is there at all. Nobody in Washington frets any longer about balancing visits to New Delhi and Islamabad...

West's response over Ukraine unrealistic

Russian annexation of Crimea tore up by forceful means 'the territorial integrity' and 'political independence' of Ukraine, in direct violation of Article 2 of the United Nations Charter...

Salvage Gaza from nowhere

The classrooms all have windows blown out or doors blown off. Kids play football in a courtyard imprinted with Israeli tank tracks...

We are vulnerable and less safe than ever

We are vulnerable and we are fearful. That is the new zeitgeist, at least in the West. Fanaticism feeds on frustration; and frustration is widespread because life for many is not getting better....

In Asia, angst is rising against United States

Outside China, there is a consistent theme in Asia. It is concerned that declining American power, credibility and commitment will leave the way open for Beijing to exercise dominance over the region...

The truths of a French village

A few weeks ago I was in France, where I've owned a village house for almost 20 years that I am now planning to sell...

None emerged better off in the Gaza war

Oppressed people will rise up. Israel's anaemic embrace of a two-state objective is the best possible cover for the evisceration of that aim. Still, the question arises: Was this mini-war necessary?...

The Socialist World Cup

Money talks in global soccer, as it does everywhere else, perhaps more so. The sport is big business. The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are international brands...

Iraq crisis demands use of diplomacy of force

Maliki is a Nixonian figure who sees enemies everywhere. Like Nixon, he was elected democratically. But Obama should never have allowed Maliki to indulge his worst, petulant instincts...

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