Michael Gerson / Politics

Smacked by Reality in the Middle East

WASHINGTON -- So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which...

Ebola Fever

WASHINGTON -- A prominent AIDS researcher recently recalled for me the panic at the start of the pandemic in the 1980s. Her superiors asked her not to publicize her work because they didn't want their institution to be known as an "AIDS hospital."...

Bet On Africa Rising

WASHINGTON -- As more than 40 African leaders gather in Washington for an unprecedented summit, Africa's brand problem in America has grown significantly worse. Two events -- the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram and a ...

Turning Our Backs On Atrocities

WASHINGTON -- For every dissident and defector I've encountered, there is a moment when observation begins to feel like complicity -- when remaining a bystander involves culpability.

Caesar -- a pseudonym -- was a photographer in the criminal and...

The GOP as the party of reform

WASHINGTON -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair...

The Dystopia Next Door

WASHINGTON -- In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote a slim book for youth about totalitarianism, euthanasia, suicide, sexual awakening and infanticide. "The Giver" created a blooming genre -- the dystopian youth novel -- and considerable controversy. Some ...