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Noah Rothman

Noah Rothman

Noah Rothman is the Associate Editor of Commentary.

It is a testament to the persistent influence of hard power and the dominance that state actors enjoy in the international arena that the Obama...

When the last of the GOP’s viable conservative alternatives to Mitt Romney had been dispatched, a sense of fatalism briefly consumed the right’s ideological stalwarts....

If you’re getting the impression that the White House sees the latest ISIS advances in Iraq culminating in the fall of Ramadi as a political...

The ideal that art should serve no higher purpose than its own existence has always been something of a utopian goal. Aspiring authoritarians have a...
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Heady optimism, embedded as it is in the American genetic code, was perhaps never more pronounced than in the wake of Barack Obama’s 2008 victory....

It was only a few months ago that Democrats were celebrating Hillary Clinton’s likely 2016 election victory. Not only was America’s former chief diplomat ordained by...

In the months that precede the genuine open of a presidential race, it is inevitable that unserious candidates and frivolous issues will dominate the political...

Two thousand fourteen was an explosive and regrettable year for the politics of race in America. The fatal police shooting of black Missouri teenager Michael...

The murky facts of the August 9 incident in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was left dead in the...

During the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in May 2013, a senior official at the Internal Revenue Service named Lois Lerner divulged information...

Between October 1 and December 1, the nation witnessed the most remarkable reversal of political fortune in recent memory and what may prove to have...

The factors that caused the shooting of a black teenager in central Florida to develop into a national obsession will be studied for years to...