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Ancient Wisdom
US and Russia
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The Temptation of a “Grand Bargain”

The temptation to strike a bargain with a great-power rival is one the Romans knew, too. We should resist it.

2017
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Make America’s Allies Great Again

Trump should learn from the Obama Administration’s mistakes and bet on the friends we already have.

New World Disorder
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The Dangerous Idiocy of Global Leadership

The first obligation of leadership is to one’s own people. The international elite have forgotten that, and end up serving no one but themselves.

After Empire
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The Stages of Grief at the Frontier

Or, how to survive when your empire dissolves.

Order and Chaos
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Barbarians, War, and Saint Augustine

Political orders, even fragile, imperfect ones, are worth defending from those who would wreck them.

The Revisionists
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Predators on the Frontier

America’s rivals are probing U.S. defenses across the globe.

Risk Analysis
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Caesellius Bassus and the “Right Side of History”

The dangers of believing in the myth of Progress.

Ancient Wisdom
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When Deterrence Fails

Deterrence isn’t a sure thing even in the best of circumstances—and for the West these are not the best of circumstances.

Nolo Contendere
The Danger of Not Competing

Withdrawing from a contest isn’t always cost free. Allies are always watching.

Power Balancing
Emperor Nero’s Lesson on Ukraine

As the Romans knew, the secret to regaining influence over a teetering buffer state is: reputation, reputation, reputation.

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representation

The real stumbling block to Democratic legislative power.

brave new world

An Australian account of China’s gains doubles as a bleak assessment of Obama’s legacy in the region.

Crude Economics

London is using both carrot and stick to keep offshore oil output up.

Greeks Bearing Debts

Greece’s recurrent crisis is the result of bad Greek and German decisions alike. Only one is in year eight of a depression as a result.

Frack Baby Frack

Abundant shale gas brought natural gas prices to historic lows—and made the US a net exporter of the hydrocarbon.

WRM Elsewhere

Walter Russell Mead tackles the question.

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