Michael Ignatieff


Michael Ignatieff teaches at the University of Toronto and at the Kennedy School, Harvard. His most recent book is Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics. (March 2014)

  • How to Save the Syrians

    September 13, 2013

    Whether you can protect civilians without overthrowing the regime that is oppressing them is a question that haunts us as we try to figure out what to do in Syria.

  • How Syria Divided the World

    July 11, 2012

    The Syrian conflict has triggered something more fundamental than a difference of opinion over intervention, something more than an argument about whether the Security Council should authorize the use of force. Syria is the moment in which the West should see that the world has truly broken into two. A loose alliance of struggling capitalist democracies now finds itself face to face with two authoritarian despotisms—Russia and China--something new in the annals of political science: kleptocracies that mix the market economy and the police state. These regimes will support tyrannies like Syria wherever it is in their interest to do so.