Both are by authors who assume that to make sense of today's China, we need to understand the clashes between China and the West of what in the PRC is called China's "century of humiliation," lasting from the 1840s through the 1940s.
The trends in America's engagement in Afghanistan bothered Richard Holbrooke greatly, and it's important for the Obama administration to take serious account of Holbrooke's concerns as the next steps on Afghanistan are weighed.
The use of nuclear weapons in any part of the world would affect every living creature. Their use is simply unthinkable. Yet the United States and Russia maintain thousands on hair trigger alert. And terrorists actively seek their use.
The Libyan assault as well as continued American presence in Iraq and Afghanistan have many people saying that either the Nobel Peace Prize committee should demand the prize be returned or that Obama should volunteer to hand it back.
One reason that conservatives are divided -- to put it generously -- about democracy in the Arab world is that for many of them their primary concern is not democracy or even the Arab world, but Israel.
Some American observers are billing Hu Jintao's visit to Washington as the most important state visit in three decades. His trip comes at a time when there is a widespread belief -- in both Washington and Beijing -- that the US is in decline.
On a fresh crop of newly released Nixon tapes, the president, who disliked Jews but helped rescue Israel during the Yom Kippur War, says of his senior Jewish advisers that they, like "most Jewish people, are insecure."
On Saturday, the president answered a question regarding Republican intransigence on ratification of the START Treaty by rambling on and never delivering a punch. "God," I thought, "is he really going to continue down this path?"