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Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens is deputy editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal and the paper’s columnist on foreign affairs.

COMMENTARY is America’s most important monthly journal of ideas, period. For nearly seven decades it has published the best and most exciting writing from the...

COMMENTARY is America's most important monthly journal of ideas, period. For nearly seven decades it has published the best and most exciting writing from the...

In July, after Germany trounced Brazil 7–1 in the semifinal match of the World Cup—including a first-half stretch in which the Brazilian soccer squad gave...

Woody Island is a speck of land in the middle of the South China Sea, not quite a square mile in size. Over the past...

On June 4, 1989, parliamentary elections in Poland gave Solidarity 99 out of the 100 seats they were allowed to contest. For those who still...

The following is from our November issue. Forty-one symposium contributors were asked to respond to the question: Are you optimistic or pessimistic about America’s future? _____________ Readers...

Quietly within the foreign-policy machinery of the Obama administration—and quite openly in foreign-policy circles outside it—the idea is taking root that a nuclear Iran is...

“Start with Syria.” Thus did Aaron David Miller advise the incoming Obama administration on where its Mideast peacemaking priorities should lie. Miller, a former State...

“Islam has bloody borders.” So wrote Samuel Huntington in “The Clash of Civilizations?,” his 1993 Foreign Affairs article later expanded (minus the question...

Inside the Nightmare  The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea by Charles Robert Jenkins with Jim Frederick University of California. 192 pp. $24.95   An...

Academic Protocols The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 496 pp. $26.00 John J. Mearsheimer is a...

Against Weakness Jews and Power by Ruth R. Wisse Nextbook/Schocken. 240 pp. $19.95 In her prologue to Jews and Power, Ruth R. Wisse, a professor of Yiddish and comparative...