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On Leadership, Virtue and Vice

June 21, 2017 In Britain, Theresa May failed to understand that leadership is more important than management.

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A Coalition of the Less-Than-Willing

June 14, 2017 The U.S. convinced Arab governments to work together against jihadism. Now it needs to focus them.

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Midway: The Battle That Almost Lost the War

June 7, 2017 Japan’s defeat at Midway was a freak, and that freak created the world we live in.

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Different Visions for Europe

May 31, 2017 The U.S. vision to contain Russia through NATO is inadvertently pulling Europe apart.

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The World That World War II Built

May 24, 2017 A handful of battles from 1942 to 1943 redefined the global order as we knew it.

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The Dispensability of Allies

May 17, 2017 Trump brings unpredictability to his talks with Middle East leaders, but some things we already know.

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North Korea Crisis: Neither Gone nor Forgotten

May 10, 2017 Secret diplomacy works best when it’s done quietly.

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The Limits of Expertise

May 3, 2017 Beyond expertise, waging war requires wisdom.

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An American Recession and the World

April 26, 2017 The U.S. appears to be on the cusp of a cyclical recession.

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What a War with North Korea Looks Like

April 19, 2017 None of the options, apart from de-escalation, are attractive.

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The United States, Syria and Russia

April 12, 2017 A strategy toward the Middle East requires more than short-term tactical moves.

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Journey’s End: Warsaw and Budapest

April 5, 2017 A shift is emerging in Eastern Europe.

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Trump’s Dilemma

March 29, 2017 President Donald Trump’s ability to make changes depends on whether his support rises or falls.

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Notes from Europe’s Periphery

March 22, 2017 Both ends of the Continent’s periphery are shifting away from the core.

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The Deep State

March 15, 2017 It does in fact exist, but not how you think.

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North Korea Is Approaching the Red Line

March 8, 2017 The regime appeared to be bluffing about nuclear weapons, but has that changed?

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Nationalism and Liberal Democracy

March 1, 2017 Tension between nationalism and liberal democracy is not what is haunting us today.

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NATO, the Middle East and Eastern Europe

Feb. 22, 2017 NATO’s mission has shifted, but are its members willing to meet the new challenges?

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Technocracy, Liberal Democracy and the Division of Our Time

Feb. 15, 2017 The idea that expertise ought to guide our political life is at odds with the principle of national…

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US Strategies in the Middle East

Feb. 8, 2017 Washington must choose sides.

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Immigration Chaos

Feb. 1, 2017 As long as illegal immigration is permitted, the foundations of American culture are at risk.

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Thinking Through Trump’s Views on the Islamic State

Jan. 25, 2017 The president has said he will eradicate IS, but how might this happen?

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NATO and the United States

Jan. 18, 2017 The president-elect has pointed out a reality many choose to ignore.

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Trump, the Presidency and Policymaking

Jan. 11, 2017 What makes a president great isn’t what you think.

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The Internet and the Tragedy of the Commons

Jan. 4, 2017 The expectation of anonymity online has become extreme.

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The Soviet Union and Russia: Tragedy and Farce

Dec. 28, 2016 Russia’s recent military adventures have mostly aimed to create an illusion of strength.

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Israel’s Disappearing Act

Dec. 21, 2016 Israelis have benefited from not being a main focus in the Middle East.

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Trump’s Dilemma

Dec. 16, 2016 The president-elect’s ability to make changes depends on whether his support rises or falls.

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Trump’s Mad Dog

Dec. 7, 2016 It has become rare for top military officers to stand up to their civilian leaders.

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Nationalism, Internationalism and New Politics

Nov. 30, 2016 A new political dichotomy is replacing the old left vs. right divide.

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Come the Revolution

Nov. 17, 2016 Winning the war leads to the inevitable problem of running the country.

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President-Elect Donald Trump

Nov. 9, 2016 His victory proves he – and the class of voters who elected him – cannot be overlooked.

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The Origins of American Incivility and Fear

Nov. 1, 2016 U.S. history has left Americans unsettled even in prosperous times.

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The Myth of Putin

Oct. 25, 2016 Russia’s appearance of strength is eroding.

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The Roots of Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy

Oct. 18, 2016 The candidate has not shifted her strategy to respond to the changing reality in the international system.

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Is the 2016 Presidential Election Unique?

Oct. 11, 2016 A look back at past turbulent times reveals the U.S. has seen elections like this before.

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Why Russia Is Threatening the US in Syria

Oct. 4, 2016 Moscow’s ability to back up its rhetoric is questionable.

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How 2008 Changed Everything

Sept. 28, 2016 The year is appearing to be a defining moment in history.

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