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Our Pacific Predicament

If America isn’t careful, rising nationalisms in China and Japan may “pivot” it into a strategic typhoon.

Nice Things about Detroit

It’s not easy to find a silver lining in Detroit’s dramatic decline, but some intrepid optimists still battle the storm.

The Great Sea

A capacious history of the Mediterranean.

The Great Migration

Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns analyzes the American social revolution we never discuss.

A Word of Welcome

from the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil.

Writers Ringside

There was a time when writers found deep meaning in the sport of boxing. Are those days gone for good?

Contagious Narcissism

The dissipation and ego that were Norman Mailer’s life have now sired lesser children.

In the Army Now

The Army’s reluctant embrace of counterinsurgency and stability operations is the right choice. Now comes the hard part: to institutionalize it.

The Unreal Thing

The question of authenticity has occupied some of the subtlest minds of the last century. Andrew Potter thinks the whole effort is a hoax.

It Could Have Been a Lot Worse: A Conversation with Henry Paulson

Francis Fukuyama talks with former Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson, Jr., about his new book on the financial crisis.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

Higher Ed Shake Up

New low-cost programs are carving out a critical space in the U.S. higher education system.


Hint: it isn’t pretty.

Blue Model Blues

Kicking the can down the road is turning into a hobby for PA lawmakers.

Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

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