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Something From Nothing: U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan 

Nir Rosen leads a forum on U. S. strategy in Afghanistan; Andrew Bacevich, Helena Cobban, Andrew Exum, Aziz Hakimi, and others respond. Plus, Dean Baker, Nasser Hussain, Cathy Park Hong, and more.

 

 

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Something From Nothing: U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan 

Nir Rosen — with responses from:

ANDREW BACEVICH, HELENA COBBAN, ANDREW EXUM, AZIZ HAKIMI, SYED SALEEM SHAHZAD, J. ALEXANDER THIER, RICHARD W. MILLER, RAJAN MENON.


Essays

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Stephen Ansolabehere
The Big Bank Theory: How government helps financial giants get richer
Dean Baker
Counterinsurgency’s Comeback: Can a colonialist strategy be reinvented?
Nasser Hussain
Nothing to Fear: Misreading Muslim immigration in Europe
John R. Bowen
All Bark, No Bite: The Decline of Germany’s Social Democrats
Clay Risen
Civilizing Haiti
Colin Dayan
Whitewashing Haiti’s History
Sidney W. Mintz
Fine By Me: Geoff Dyer’s unlikely terms of engagement
James Wallenstein
Last Wishes: Vladimir Nabokov’s The Original of Laura
Leland de la Durantaye

Fiction

Wednesday Nights: A Memoir
Vestal McIntyre
Everything is Breakable with a Big Enough Stone
Taryn Bowe

On Film

The Jewish Question: Joel and Ethan Coen’s A Serious Man
Alan A. Stone

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler
Christopher Kondrich, introduced by Mark Strand
Smothered to Smithereens: The poetics of motherhood
Stephen Burt
Lord, Hear My Voice: Bin Ramke’s Theory of Mind
Craig Morgan Teicher
Microreviews

Poems

Description of a Badly Drawn Horse
Daniel Johnson
Vault
Alice Jones
Idyll
Alice Jones
Prometheus
William Wadsworth
Squill
Ange Mlinko
A Brief History of Ghost Hunting
Joshua Marie Wilkinson
A Brief History of Spying
Joshua Marie Wilkinson
My Herculaneum
Jennifer Franklin
The Cake
Mark Irwin
The Engineer of Vertical Frontiers
Cathy Park Hong
Martin Luther King Day
William Varmer

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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