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What We’re Reading: Failures of Western Democracy and Iranian Resiliency

Angrynomics By Eric Lonergan and Mark Blyth One of today’s great questions is how to explain what’s happened to Western democratic politics in recent years...

What We’re Reading: United by Hardship

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression By Studs Terkel As I read “Hard Times,” I had recurring flashbacks of my grandparents, who were...

What We’re Reading: Spy Novels in Asia and the Putin Generation

The Honourable Schoolboy By John le Carre Like all John le Carre spy novels, “The Honourable Schoolboy” is thick with mystery and mayhem. The book is...

What We’re Reading: Disease and the Honey Trap

Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World By Irwin Sherman Modern society is far removed from the reality of death. That was not the case for the...

What We’re Reading: Russia in the Arctic and Ghosts in Tehran

Under the Shadow Written and directed by Babak Anvari Shideh, an aspiring doctor living in Tehran at the height of the Iran-Iraq War, grabs her daughter,...

What We’re Reading: Spy Stories and the Changing World Order

The Spy Created by Gideon Raff “The Spy,” a six-episode series airing on Netflix, tells the true story of Eli Cohen, an Egyptian-born Israeli spy who...

What We’re Reading: American Sea Power and the Intermarium

Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy: The U.S. Navy and the Birth of the American Century By Henry J. Hendrix A helpful reader suggested "Theodore Roosevelt's Naval Diplomacy”...

What We’re Reading: America at War and a Killer in the Streets of Bucharest

A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II Maury Klein “A Call to Arms” is the story of the reindustrialization of the United States...

What We’re Reading: Moon Missions and Commercial Espionage

13 Minutes to the Moon Produced by BBC This past weekend, on the night of the summer solstice, which happens to be my favorite day of...

What We’re Reading: The Promise and a Dystopic Collection

Söz Written by Ethem Ozisik While observing social distancing, my family spent a lot of time watching TV. Since the beginning of May, they have been...

What We’re Reading: Political Evolutions and Middle Eastern Rivalries

The End of History and the Last Man By Francis Fukuyama In the 2008 German film “Die Welle” (The Wave), based on a real-life social experiment...

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Daily Memo: Tracking the Economic Recovery in the US, China

Disappointing jobs number. The U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in April, far below expectations...

Daily Memo: China Releases New Economic Figures

Strong recovery. China’s debt-to-GDP ratio fell an estimated 2.6 percentage points during the first...

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