Roger Cohen

  • T“Fargo” on the Bosporus: A 15-man Saudi hit squad, complete with a forensic expert, arrives in Istanbul on two planes, murders the Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi after he enters the Saudi consulate, cuts up his body into disposable segments and makes its ...

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  • TATHENS — Gazing at the Acropolis the other day from an Athens rooftop, I was reminded of Samuel Beckett’s words: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Athenian democracy, a male preserve, far from universal, failed in due course. Still, to ...

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  • TThere are now two definitions of truth in the United States. The first is that a truthful statement is one that conforms to facts or reality. By this standard, President Trump is a serial liar. The second is that truth is “telling it like it is,” or speaking in a direct, unvarnished way ...

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  • TThe Middle East is a place of fast-changing fortunes these days. Just ask the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Not so long ago neo-Ottomanism was the vogue phrase to describe Turkey’s expanding regional influence, pursued under a catchy dogma of “zero problems with ...

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  • TAt dinner the other night, perusing the debacle that is Syria, a German friend observed: “It’s the post-American world – and that means chaos.” We were joined by John Kornblum, the former US ambassador to Germany, whose verdict was similar: “What you’re seeing is ...

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  • TBritain’s decision not to stand with the United States, its closest ally, in possible military action to punish the Syrian regime for a deadly chemical weapons attack marks a watershed moment that leaves the “special relationship” in search of meaning and Britain in search of its ...

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  • T As I gazed at the faces of the more than 2,000 American service members killed since the war in Afghanistan began almost 11 years ago, I found myself thinking of lines of Kipling:If any question why we died...Tell them, because our fathers lied.The untruths have been almost too numerous to ...

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  • TSoon after I was born my father moved our family from Britain back to his native South Africa to become dean of the school for black medical students at the University of the Witwatersrand. Blacks were obliged to live separately from whites, a principal reason for his having left Johannesburg in ...

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  • TWhen I lived in Germany I found much to admire. Id been dragged to Berlin from Paris in 1998 and within a couple of months found myself at dinner with the foreign minister in one of the new Italian joints springing up in Mitte and with the chancellor in his Grunewald residence. The contrast between ...

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  • TFor years I watched a no-fly zone in Bosnia. I watched Bosnian Muslims being slaughtered as NATO patrolled the skies. The no-fly zone was created by the United Nations Security Council in October 1992. The Srebrenica massacre took place in July 1995. Enough said. The Bosnian no-fly zone was an ...

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  • TAFTER all the words and all the contortions and all the behind-the-curve contrivances of an Arab dictator confronted by a movement he could not comprehend, the finale was brief: Hosni Mubarak has resigned as president of the republic and assigned the governance of the country to the Supreme Council ...

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  • TLONDON I like the look of President Barack Obamas new Middle East envoy, a person with broad experience, the trust of Israelis, growing support among West Bank Palestinians and a fierce personal conviction that a peace accord is essential not only for the parties but for United States national ...

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