Wall Street Journal

A refugee crisis is what happens when large numbers of people fleeing poor, violent countries seek asylum in rich, peaceful countries, raising agonizing moral and political questions. This of course is what occurred in 2015, when a million refugees from Syria and elsewhere poured across Europe’s borders, provoking a backlash that brought nationalist parties to the verge of power and threatened the Continent’s liberal order. The refugees were the cause, rather than the victims, of the crisis in question.

Sep 11, 2017
James Traub
Europe, Middle East, Syria

Andrew Jackson had every reason to consider himself the victor of the presidential election of 1824. In a hard-fought campaign, he had won the most popular votes and electoral votes, too. But because he didn’t gain an outright majority in the Electoral College, the election was thrown into the House of Representatives, as the Constitution stipulated.

Oct 31, 2016
James Traub
United States
Organized Crime

Our history of failure in the Middle East goes all the way back to Eisenhower. James Traub on “Ike’s Gamble” by Michael Doran.

Oct 10, 2016
James Traub
Middle East, United States

Less than two years after leaving the White House, Adams was elected to the House, where he began to confront the ‘slavocracy.’

Apr 01, 2016
James Traub
United States

Congolese government security agents are cracking down on pro-democracy activists and sympathetic U.S. diplomats, raising concerns about the intentions of President Joseph Kabila who is due to relinquish control of a country with a history of heavy-handed rule.

Read the full Wall Street Journal article Congo Escalates Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Activists

May 19, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Unlike al Qaeda, which offers victory in some remote era, ISIS, in occupying territory and declaring the caliphate, invites its followers to live in the prophesied paradise now.

Read the full Wall Street Journal book review The Demonic Wellspring

Mar 16, 2015
James Traub
Middle East

The United Nations is deploying what it calls its first-ever combatants to shut down rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in a risky shift from policing the world's conflicts with neutrality to a more aggressive use of force.

Read the full Wall Street Journal article here

Jul 17, 2013
Richard Gowan, Jean-Marie Guéhenno
Horn of Africa