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Anatomy of a Civil War

Nir Rosen reports on Iraq’s descent into chaos; Elaine Scarry on military honor; Anatol Lieven on using American force wisely. Charles Johnson on John Champlin Gardner;  Marc Gaba wins the 9th annual poetry contest.



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Anatomy of a Civil War

Iraq’s Descent into Chaos
Nir Rosen

Why Military Honor Matters
Elaine Scarry
The 33-Day War
Hizbullah’s Victory, Israel’s Choice
Helena Cobban
The Lesser Evil
Using American Force Wisely
Anatol Lieven
On John Champlin Gardner
Charles Johnson


In Rut
Madeline Kotowicz

On Film

Enduring Love
André Téchiné’s Changing Times
Alan A. Stone

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler
Introduced by David Rivard
David Blair
Winner of the ninth annual Boston Review poetry contest
Introduced by C. D. Wright
Marc Gaba
Mei-Mei Bressenbrugge’s I Love Artists
Susan Barbra

Sweet New Style
Lisa Robertson’s The Men
Tom Thompson


Stephanie Pippin
Noah Eli Gordon
Nick Admussen
Nick Admussen
Border Crossings
Landis Everson
from The Us
Joan Houlihan
I was astonished at the mysterious slow-motion quality
Martha Ronk

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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