Germany as a Permanent U.N. Security Council Member

In May 1945, after five and a half years of global war, the Allied nations occupied a devastated Germany. Although Japan’s surrender was four months away, and America still drafted plans for a seaborne invasion of the home islands, the war’s main antagonist was destroyed. The most infamous military in human history was disbanded, the concentration camps were emptied, and after Karl Dönitz’s Flensburg government was dismissed on May 23, the fascist administration was finally swept away.  For the first time since 1939, Germany was at peace. What followed was…

Seeking Peace in Syria

The conflict in Syria has no end in sight, but recent events have provided prospects for peace with some glimmers of hope. The Feb. 27 ceasefire has helped humanitarian aid reach some 150,000 people in besieged areas. On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the surprise withdrawal of most Russian forces in Syria. And the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been losing strategic ground in Iraq and Syria, most recently when Syrian army forces took Palmyra; meanwhile, U.S. strikes kill about one Islamic State leader every three days. These are…