Michael Rubin

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  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Dancing With the Devil'

    Foreign-policy books are hard to write and even harder to sell in President Obama's America, where leading from behind is practically the state religion. Stunning reversals of statecraft — such as in Crimea, Egypt and Syria — are dismissed and taken as the latest reasons to bury our heads even deeper in the sand.

  • In power: Hopes were high when Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev took power, but human rights have since become a concern. He is seeking another term in a Wednesday election. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    Azerbaijan: An American ally in a sea of threats

    In an increasingly polarized world, the small Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan is a tantalizing study in contradictions.

  • Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets ready to board his campaign plane in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Events abroad create opening for Romney

    From the killing of an ambassador to precipitous new brinkmanship in Asia and friction between U.S. and Israeli leaders over Iran, the past month has many asking whether the presidential election has suddenly entered a home stretch in which national security and foreign policy play as big a role as the economy.

  • A Syrian boy arrives at a field hospital after an airstrike hit homes on the outskirts of Aleppo on Wednesday. As bloodshed increases in Syria, critics say President Obama has relied too heavily on the United Nations. (Associated Press)

    Obama vs. Romney on Syria policy

    If killing Osama bin Laden, untangling U.S. forces from Iraq and fighting a bare-knuckle drone war against al Qaeda are the Obama administration's foreign policy triumphs, its biggest stumble may be its failure to produce an international solution to what has become an all-out civil war in Syria.

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