Articles by Jim Hoagland



Less Is More

John McCain would kick Russia out of the Group of Eight economic powers, but this is no time to think small. The G8 leaders themselves should declare surrender and disband their high-profile huddle on the state of the world.

France's 14-Day Showdown

The leading conservative candidate had warned French voters for weeks that the nation is undergoing a ""national identity crisis"" that saps its political and economic vitality.

Thrill Is Gone for Bush and Putin

For U.S. President George W. Bush, meeting President Vladimir Putin is no longer an uplifting opportunity to look into the Russian leader's eyes and glimpse a kindred soul.

Some Shaky Stability

Democracy does not march very long or very far. It lunges forward into vacuums created by the collapse of colonial, communist or imperial systems.

Faith and Tolerance

A half-century dominated by the secular ideologies of capitalism, communism and physics has given way to a time of religious backlash provoked by the uncertainties and menaces of vertiginous modernization.

A Presidential Transfer of Hubris

The fallout from U.S. President George W. Bush's crash-and-burn approval ratings does not stop at the water's edge. Other leaders -- in particular, President Vladimir Putin -- oppose U.S. goals and policies abroad more directly and forcefully as Bush's support and his time left in office fade away together.

Angela Merkel's Middle Way

German Chancellor Angela Merkel chilled President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin this week only a few days after she thawed U.S. President George W. Bush's White House.

National Character and Personal Interest

National character remains a force in world politics despite the prophets of globalization and one-size-fits-all economic integration.

A Year for Democracy, On Purpose or Not

Democracy in Iraq owes much to the determined efforts of U.S. President George W. Bush in 2005. So do democracy and constitutional order in the United States, if in a different way.

Setting Good Examples in the Gulf

The wolf is no longer at the door of the wealthy Arab kingdoms and emirates of the Persian Gulf. It is now in their midst, threatening to devour these plump, slow-moving gazelles of states from inside their fragile defense lines.

Surprises From the Middle East

Call it history's revenge or the Nixon-goes-to-China syndrome run amok: Events in the Middle East now force political leaders to eat vows never to do certain things and then pronounce the dish tasty.

The Tail That Wags the Dog

The world is witnessing ""the swiftest advance of democratic institutions in history,"" U.S. President George W. Bush declared recently.

Stopping the Saudification of Russia

By continuing to live unmeasured lives when it comes to energy consumption, too many Americans could unconsciously help President Vladimir Putin achieve his strategic objective of making Russia a second Saudi Arabia.

Two Presidents, Two Peas in a Pod

Imagine that U.S. President George W. Bush could command American television networks to limit their broadcasts to heroic rescues in New Orleans while blacking out scenes of human misery there.

Karimov's Game

If you can supply energy to world markets, do you really need the United States and its conflicting priorities and bureaucracies, along with all that yammering about human rights and democracy?

Gay Marriage and the Global Culture Wars

Same-sex weddings would be an unacceptable ""parody of marriage,"" the president said dismissively. No, not that president. The speaker this time was Jacques Chirac of France.

A Great Divide Over Putin

The European Union, NATO and the U.S. military are all heading east to Russia's doorstep and into the zone of its deepest suspicions. Largely absent from the foreign policy chessboard in 2003, Russia returns as a problem for the West this year.

It's the Economies, Silly

  • 21 February 03
  • The Washington Post
President George W. Bush's drive to bring down Iraq's Saddam Hussein has disrupted political and economic patterns around the world without a shot being fired.

Allies In a New Era

  • 31 January 03
  • The Washington Post
Americans must not ignore the backlash and opposition that rise from an extended global presence.

Habits of Alliance

  • 20 January 03
  • The Washington Post
Transatlantic suspicions and misunderstandings will remain high in the uncertainty of war's prelude.

Nuclear Enabler

North Korea this week has shown the U.S. the danger of putting faith in a confirmed and practiced liar.

Toward Global Entente

Only a decade after the end of the Cold War, U.S. and Russian leaders are moving toward an era of global entente that will reduce the strategic influence of Europe, China and Japan on Washington and Moscow.

No Time to Think Small

The hesitant, at times contradictory, efforts by President George W. Bush and his aides to calm the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have produced nothing of substance.

A Last Chance for Saddam Hussein? II

I know you expect that Oh Munificent and Mighty One stuff -- you've had Cabinet ministers executed on television for much less. But it doesn't take a weatherman to see which way the wind is blowing. No honorific salutations now. Just the truth, which some who would give you one more last chance seem to have forgotten. The noose tightens daily now.

Human Rights and Allies

Uzbek President Islam Karimov's harsh and pervasive repression of political dissent has made Uzbekistan a pariah state for more than a decade. Even in the rough neighborhood of Central Asia, his crackdown on Islamic moderates and fanatics alike has seemed extreme.

Putin's Tactics On and Off The Judo Mat

Small in presence but overwhelming in their irony, Russian troops have traveled back to Kabul after a decade's absence along a path blasted by U.S. bombs.

Putin's Trip to Cuba Ruffles U.S. Feathers

  • 07 December 00
  • The Washington Post
WASHINGTON Ч President Vladimir Putin will travel to Cuba next week on a journey that underlines the ""assertive but positive"" attitude he will adopt with the next president of the United States, according to a senior Russian official. The timing of the trip Ч initially disclosed by U.S. sources Ч is ruffling feathers in the outgoing Clinton administration. Putin seems to some to be taking advantage of the post-election limbo in Washington to poke a thumb in Washington's eye. There are also questions in Washington about Putin's including Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov on the trip. Putin will fly across U.S. airspace after visiting Havana to start a visit to Canada on Dec. 15. The timing of the North American trip is unrelated to U.S. politics, the visiting official and other Russian sources insist. It was originally set in September after Putin saw Cuban President Fidel Castro at the United Nations and postponed when Cuba needed more time to prepare.

Staying Ahead of the Political Train

NATO Waffles on Aims

U.S. Squanders Power