Homeward Bound?

Don't Hype the Threat of Returning Jihadists

Daniel Byman and Jeremy Shapiro
A militant fighter at a military parade in Syria, June 30, 2014.
A militant fighter at a military parade in Syria, June 30, 2014. (Courtesy Reuters)
ISIS' army has attracted a stream of Western volunteers, but there is no reason to panic about their return home. Some may come back as terrorists, but the danger has been exaggerated, and the United States and the EU know how to handle such problems.
Review Essay

Don't Be a Hero

Jordan Chandler Hirsch
The Egyptian-Israeli peace deal is the one aspect of the Middle Eastern order that has not fallen apart in recent years. But a new book misinterprets Washington's contribution to the agreement.
Snapshot

Big Trouble in Little China

Scott Harold
The dispute between Hong Kong and Beijing has exposed political and cultural rifts that have been widening for some time.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: The Bolivian Revolution

Richard Feinberg
Siekmeier reveals how the Bolivian leadership shrewdly played on Washington’s desire to demonstrate that it could partner successfully with socially progressive governments.
Gillard arrives at a ceremony marking Remembrance Day at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, November 11, 2011.
Interview
Julia Gillard

The former prime minister of Australia talks to Foreign Affairs about sexism, education, and her country's global role.

A sales representative poses behind a 24K gold dragon, December 6, 2011.
Snapshot
Alan Greenspan

In today's world of fiat currencies and floating exchange rates, a return to the gold standard seems to be nowhere on anybody’s horizon. Yet gold still has special properties that no other currency can claim -- which is why China is boosting its holdings.

Snapshot
Thomas de Waal

Azerbaijan claims to be interested in the Western liberal order. In reality, the country’s elites want to increase their wealth without threatening Azerbaijan’s oligarchic political system.

Modi flies a kite at the 19th International Kite festival in Ahmedabad, January 11, 2009.
Essay
Ruchir Sharma

Global investors usually focus on economic data such as GDP growth, employment, and trade. But in today’s trying economic climate, they have started to train their gaze elsewhere: on national political leadership and the prospects for reform.

Graffiti of Gudrun Schyman in Linnégatan, Uppsala, Sweden,  March 4, 2014.
Snapshot
Samantha Eyler

Sweden's Feminist Initiative party aims to put gender issues squarely at the top of Sweden's political agenda. By contrast, many U.S. feminists have turned the personal-is-political mantra of second-wave feminism on its head, taking a marked turn toward lifestyle issues, with a new focus on empowering women within the political and economic frameworks that already exist.

Snapshot
Rory Miller

Thanks to its booming technology sector, Israel has struck many new trade partnerships, including with China and India. So far, however, its thriving trade ties have done little to win support for its often contentious foreign policy. 

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