The 47 Republican Samurai

The 47 Republican Samurai

In traditional Japanese culture, a samurai without a master is known as a ronin. The most popular tale featuring these leaderless samurai is the 18th-century Chusingura. It tells of a feudal lord who must commit ritual suicide after assaulting the court official who...
The Meaning of Rouhani

The Meaning of Rouhani

The landslide victory of Hassan Rouhani, a moderate and pro-reform cleric, in Iran’s recent presidential election came as a surprise to many observers within and outside of Iran. Although Rouhani’s win was a major gain for the moderate and reformist political groups...
Time for a Reckoning on Iran Sanctions

Time for a Reckoning on Iran Sanctions

With President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, U.S.-Iranian relations have been thrust back into the news cycle. The dominant narrative in this coverage—at least the one put forth by his critics—is that Hagel is “too...