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New York Times Editorial Board: Foreign policy, defense policy; Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University, Fall 2013

Afghans Are Surprisingly Optimistic

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — After the lives lost and the billions spent and often wasted in Afghanistan, it is easy for Americans to be discouraged about the country's future. The Taliban continues to be a serious threat as does corruption, while the economy is largely dependent on dwindling international handouts. Yet Afghans have a remarkably hopeful view.

Can America and Russia Get Along?

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — Dayton, Ohio - To hear some Russians tell it, the United States has a "master plan" to demonize their president, Vladimir Putin, and use sanctions, imposed because of the crisis in Ukraine, to bring down his government. They also accuse Washington of backing pro-Nazi factions in Ukraine. Such conclusions are absurd.

Narendra Modi’s Cabinet Is a Rogue’s Gallery

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — On the campaign trail earlier this year, India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, appealed to voters by promising to combat corruption and clean up politics. He was rewarded with a huge national electoral victory as well as success in state elections last month.

How Many Soldiers Were Exposed to Chemical Weapons in Iraq?

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — One of the more scandalous secrets from America's decade in Iraq is coming to light. Defense officials have now acknowledged that, since 2003, more than 600 American service members have reported that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq.

The Pentagon Will Look Into the Iraq Chemical Weapon Scandal, After All

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — After Times reporter C.J. Chivers revealed last week that American and American-trained Iraqi troops found thousands of abandoned and highly dangerous chemical weapons left over from the rule of Saddam Hussein, the Pentagon said it did not plan to examine the facts uncovered. Apparently that bad decision was not final.

A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — When Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager known for advocating girls' education, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, she quickly made yet another gutsy gesture. She invited the prime ministers of Pakistan and India to attend the December awards ceremony. Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan and Narendra Modi of India should immediately accept.

Joe Biden Apologizes for Telling the Truth

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — It used to be that lying got politicians into trouble. For Vice President Joe Biden, it's truth-telling that causes a stir. The latest furor started after he spoke at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government last Thursday.

Tunisia: Where the Arab Spring Still Shows Promise

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — In the chaos of the Middle East, there is still one place that's not a disaster zone. It is Tunisia, where the Arab Spring was born and where the dream of co-existence between Islam and democracy continues to be championed - and put into practice - by people like Sheihk Rachid Gannouchi, the founder of Ennadha, the country's main Islamist Party.

Bravo, Prime Minister Cameron

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — One democratic leader has decided to ask his country's legislature to vote before going to war. Pity that it isn't President Obama. Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday recalled Parliament, which was in recess (just as Congress is).

Iran and the ‘Coalition of Repenters’

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — No one has presented a more articulate case for Iran to Western audiences than the foreign minister, Javad Zarif. He and President Hassan Rouhani proved that last year when they attended their first United Nations General Assembly after Mr. Rouhani's election.
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