Culture War

The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts

James Cuno
An ancient Egyptian statue in Madrid, April 15, 2008.
An ancient Egyptian statue in Madrid, April 15, 2008. (Susana Vera / Courtesy Reuters)
Over the last few decades, governments have increasingly sought to reclaim indigenous artifacts from museums abroad. Yet inappropriate calls for repatriation should be resisted. Encyclopedic museums do more than house artifacts; they also spread cosmopolitan ideas.

Executive Disorder

Lauren Carasik
Obama's executive order will provide much needed humanitarian relief to some law-abiding undocumented immigrants. But it will do nothing for the unaccompanied minors and families whose desperate flight to the United States last summer may have finally pushed the White House to act.

China Scores

Matthew Goodman and Ely Ratner
Nearly two centuries after it lost its traditional place at the center of Asian affairs, Beijing has begun giving shape and substance to its renewed leadership on the regional stage.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: Unhappy Union

Andrew Moravcsik
Peet and La Guardia argue that although establishing the euro was a mistake based on over-optimistic beliefs about future economic convergence and institutional development, muddling through remains the only viable alternative.
Abdulhamid II, who would become the last Ottoman Sultan and Caliph, as a prince in 1867.
Nick Danforth

Western pundits and nostalgic Muslim thinkers alike have built up a narrative of the caliphate as an enduring institution, central to Islam and Islamic thought between the seventh and twentieth centuries. In fact, the caliphate is a political or religious idea whose relevance has waxed and waned according to circumstance.

A foreign exchange trading company in Tokyo, November 12, 2014.
Richard Katz

Abe’s economic revival is hardly going as planned. A consumption tax hike that he introduced in April triggered a recession over the following six months, prompting him to announce the delay of a second planned hike and to vow to dissolve the Japanese parliament.

Jed Ober

Afghanistan's new unity government is not a step forward in the country's political development. Without deeper reforms, the temporary measure will only worsen the country's democratic malaise.  

A chimney is reflected in a puddle polluted with chemicals at an industrial area of the western Indian city of Surat, November 2
Scott Moore

China and the United States were once the greatest barriers to a comprehensive global climate agreement. No longer: India is now the last stumbling block standing in the way. It's still possible, however, to get New Delhi on board. Washingtion just needs to offer the right incentives.

Demonstrators in front of the White House, November 6, 2014.
Marvin Ammori

Last week, Obama finally stepped up to the plate, releasing a video and a detailed plan calling on the FCC to adopt the “the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.” It was the most accurate, well-informed, and important statement ever issued by a public official on the topic of Internet freedom.

Flags near the UN.
Rebecca M. Aragon and Jean M. Flannery

Foreign sovereign employers often assume that they are immune from U.S. court jurisdiction. That isn't exactly true, and believing it could be a costly mistake.