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Robert D. Kaplan
Election 2016
Why Trump Is Illegitimate

Style counts—and Trump’s style doesn’t befit an ordinary American citizen, much less the President of the United States.

Wat in the World

Aleksander Wat’s life and work stand as warning that the totalitarian temptations of the 20th century have yet to run their course.

A Weak State of Affairs
Europe’s Arc of Fire

Europe is weak and flailing about, facing challenges to its stability from abroad and from within. It may pull through, but it is not a foregone conclusion that it will.

Europe’s New Map

Recent commentary on Europe has been overwhelmingly parochial. You can’t talk about the continent’s crises and future in a vacuum.

The Wounded Home Front

A supporter of the Iraq War reckons the costs of “small wars”.

Winning Will Resonate

If Iraq drops to page-three or page-four story by the end of 2008, that would qualify as a better outcome, if not exactly a “win.”

On Forgetting the Obvious

A society that believes in nothing will fight for nothing.

Warrior Honor

The American soldier fights for freedom, and for God. An “embedded” view of the code of personal conduct that motivates America’s warriors.

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We need to carefully think through a lot of our assumptions about gender roles, and build kinds of educational and social systems to help our boys succeed.

Theft in Broad Daylight

This is not your everyday bank failure in Russia.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As he heads to Japan, Duterte is once again denouncing U.S. military involvement in the Pacific. Can Tokyo push back?

The Cracks Start to Widen

Again, the question supporters of the law will have to answer centers on sustainability: is the health system that Obamacare establishes something that can really last?

Crude Economics

That OPEC production cut is going to have to fall on the Saudis’ shoulders—if it’s to happen at all.

Egypt in Turmoil

The West is ignoring an ongoing crisis in Egypt, as painful austerity measures stoke outrage against the Sisi government.

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