World Affairs

An academic journal covering political science and international relations. Contains three to five articles written by professors, scholars, military offices, and government officials worldwide. Published by the American Peace Society (APS).

Articles from Vol. 174, No. 5, January-February

A Narrow Spectrum: The GOP Candidates and Foreign Policy
To understand the race for the Republican presidential nomination--and the role that foreign policy issues have played in it so far--it helps to recall the lay of the political land as it appeared in the first half of 2009; that is, the point at which...
Arab Spring or Islamist Winter? Three Views
Michael J. Totten The phrase "Arab Spring" is a misnomer. The political upheavals sweeping Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria are concurrent yet different phenomena, and it's premature to assume that any of them, let alone all of them, will bring...
Are the Peasants Revolting? Occupy Wall Street Takes on the World
Occupy Wall Street (and This, That, and the Other Place) might seem, at first video streaming glance, to be singular among protest movements. But--with its vaporous ends and its grounded means--"Occupy" is recognizable as yet another outbreak in history's...
Letter from the Editor
As the Washington Post's Chuck Lane explains in this issue of World Affairs, Barack Obama's comfortable foreign policy approval ratings will likely diminish the standing of foreign policy in the debates that will lead us to our choice in November 2012....
Man on a Mission: Bill Browder vs. the Kremlin
"There, but for an accident of geography, stands a corpse!" thundered Max Shachtman--once known as Leon Trotsky's "foreign minister"--in New York City in 1950. By popular account, the line had been cooked up that night by a young Shachtmanite named...
Over There: The Occupiers, Seen from Europe
PRAGUE -- Viewing the Occupy Wall Street movement from post-Communist Europe, I can't stop thinking of October 1917. This date, when the Bolsheviks seized power from the Russian Provisional Government and set in place a Communist dictatorship that...
The Dash for Gas: The Golden Age of an Energy Game-Changer
For a fresh perspective on geopolitical trends, look at the world through the lens of the natural gas trade. One of the reasons for Israeli unease with the Arab Spring is that the democratic uprising that took down Hosni Mubarak also brought interruptions...
The Myanmar Moment? Why Washington Made Its Move
For some time now, human rights and pro-democracy activists in the West have waged a tireless campaign against the military regime that in one way or another has controlled Myanmar (the former Burma) since Ne Win's coup in 1962. Since 1995, activists...
What Now? Saying Good-Bye to the Peace Process Illusion
The train wreck of the Palestinian request for recognition as a state at last year's meeting of the United Nations, which could have been seen coming for at least the whole of last summer, laid bare the total vacuity of the term "Middle East Peace...