Stephen Kinzer, The Boston Globe

Stephen Kinzer

The Boston Globe

Midland, TX, United States

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Past articles by Stephen:

The incalculable moral cost of proxy wars

Appealing because they can be fought on the cheap. Appalling because they are so very hard to end. → Read More

Indonesia finally begins to confront its history

Admitting the ugliness in their pasts is no easier for countries than it is for individuals. → Read More

The earthquake ought to loosen US policy on Syria

Assad isn’t going away, and millions of people are suffering. It’s time for a new strategy. → Read More

The US used to undermine democracy in Brazil. Now we’re trying to preserve it.

A common enemy — right-wing extremism — unites the two countries’ leaders. → Read More

Costa Rica’s new president may test the commitment to eco-consciousness

Rodrigo Chaves, an economist, cannot singlehandedly undo the country’s high environmental standards. But he also says it’s “open for business.” → Read More

As Turkey turns 100, its democratic future still has not arrived

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is turning the Turkish republic into a quasi-dictatorship. → Read More

Biden puts Venezuela in the axis of lesser evils

American policy has taken a welcome turn, even if oil is the reason. → Read More

How the World Cup imitates life

The biggest sporting event in the world is inevitably also about geopolitics. → Read More

A startling split in the Iranian American community

While brave young women are being shot by police in Iran, their compatriots in America are being attacked for even suggesting negotiations with the regime. → Read More

The economic dominance of the US and Europe gets more challengers

So far the alliance known as BRICS hasn’t been greater than the sum of its parts. But it’s taking steps to increase its power. → Read More

How to rewrite a constitution

Is it possible to lay the groundwork for sweeping change while respecting continuity and consensus? Chile’s president intends to find out. → Read More

The West is languishing without great leaders

Commanding political figures with coherent world views are becoming harder to find. → Read More

Mikhail Gorbachev, a too-trusting statesman

Gorbachev will be rightly praised for helping to liberate Russians from generations of autocracy. As the world was shattering around him, though, he lost his bearings at a crucial moment. → Read More

Biden moves US closer to confrontation with Russia

His announcement to step up military involvement in Europe reflects his choice of war over peace. → Read More

Yes, there is such a thing as a formerly developed country

In Argentina, a demagogue won the presidency by promising to restore past glory. Instead, he destroyed institutions, corrupted the Supreme Court, and left the country deeply polarized. Sound familiar? → Read More

Republicans return to their roots as the antiwar party

Since the Vietnam era, Americans have come to expect antiwar rhetoric from liberal Democrats. Cancel that. → Read More

My friends the political prisoners

Two good souls have been sent away for no crime other than challenging autocrats. → Read More

Chile’s president could be a new model for the left

Gabriel Boric, 36, aims to move Latin America beyond the stifling Leninism that has plagued Cuba and Nicaragua. → Read More

US military aid to Ukraine guarantees more suffering and death

Rather than sending diplomats in an urgent effort to reach an armistice and stop the bloodshed, the United States is fueling an already raging conflagration. → Read More

We shouldn’t be even this close to nuclear war

The United States and Russia should both promise never to use nuclear weapons first. → Read More