International Affairs

Right and wrong in Ukraine

Congress established the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1968 as the official national memorial to the country’s only professor-president. Twenty years ago, when I came to the Wilson

Talking the Talk

The night after the election, PBS correspondent Margaret Warner recounted a conversation she’d had with a John Kerry aide, still reeling from the results of a contest he and his

The new Europe: no Catholics need apply

On October 28, the heads of government of twenty-five European states gathered in a historic hall on Rome’s Capitoline Hill to sign a constitutional treaty for the newly-expanded European Union

Cold War winners and losers

This past June, as the great and the good gathered in Washington for President Reagan’s funeral, Mikhail Gorbachev, last leader of the late, unlamented Soviet Union, had a chat with

The ‘Kazanskaya’ Goes Home to a Dying Land

In late August, a Vatican delegation returned a venerable icon of the Madonna of Kazan to Patriarch Aleksy II in Moscow. The “Kazanskaya” had had an interesting journey. She disappeared

No Theology, Please, We’re British

This past summer I had a pleasant dinner with a senior British churchman who happened to be visiting Cracow while I was teaching there. His Grace was, in many respects,

Catholicism and Islam: A Strategic Dialogue

This past June 1, the president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, took to the op-ed page of the Washington Post to make a “plea for enlightened moderation” to his Islamic brethren

Abu Ghraib and Just War in Iraq

The virtually universal American revulsion at photographs showing abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops tells us something important about this country – something that can’t be reduced to the

Iraq and just war, one more time

Judging from the torrent of e-mail I’ve received since my column several weeks ago on Iraq and the just war tradition, a lot of Catholics really don’t understand what that

Iraq and just war, revisited

A year later, here’s the question posed to those who argued that it would be morally justifiable to use armed force to compel Iraq’s compliance with U.N. disarmament resolutions: if

A life risked for freedom

In early December 1980, Warsaw Pact infantry and armored divisions, most of them Soviet, moved into position along Poland’s borders. Three months earlier, the Solidarity movement had sprung to life

Asian dawn?

Asia, the world’s most populous continent, is also the world’s least Christian continent. Which is a demographically polite way of saying that Asia has been the great failure of Christian

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