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Walter Russell Mead
Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
Trouble in Havana
The Real Reason for Obama’s Cuba Breakthrough

The whole point of the Castro brothers’ opening was to avoid change.

Supply & Demand
Even in Russia, Capitalism Sometimes Works

A depressed ruble and floods in France have conspired to propel Russia into a wheat-exporting leader.

Erdogan's Endgame
The Purge: Coup Year

Erdogan is removing thousands of soldiers and judges from their posts. There are effectively no bounds on the Turkish president’s power.

Military Dominance
F-35 Living Up to the Hype?

Combat exercises and air shows are wowing audiences. Maybe the fighter wasn’t such a boondoggle after all?

Turkish Coup Live Blog [CLOSED]

From Friday evening into early Saturday morning, WRM and staff shared their thoughts and provided context as news was breaking.

Brexit and Beyond
Obama Bluffs Again

The President’s threat to put the UK “at the back of the queue” for future trade deals rings hollow. Are red lines red anymore?

China Up China Down
Growth Report Shows Xi Flinching on Reform

So far, every time a clear choice has come between suffering the pain of reform and flinching, Beijing has flinched.

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Trump Pulls Even in Race to the Bottom

The 2016 election is shaping up as a truly toxic mix of identity politics, negative campaigning and polarization for profit.

South China Sea Standoff
Will the Philippines Throw the Hague’s Ruling in the Trash?

The big problem is that the case hangs from pretty weak thread.

Trouble for Tehran
Iran’s Kurds Now Growing Restless

Attack on regional governor shows influence of Syrian Civil War.

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Trouble in Havana

The whole point of the Castro brothers’ opening was to avoid change.

What a Mess

We are shocked—shocked!—that a system of ill-thought out mandates has produced such brazen chicanery.

China's New Chapter

Beijing’s efforts to keep manufacturing competitive and support consumption have been working at cross purposes to each other.

narrative control

The wrong way to answer a demagogue.

Israel's African Allies

Bibi is playing chess and Abbas is playing checkers: bold moves are securing new partners for Israel in Africa, even as the Palestinians try to counter them.

The Shale Rebound

Analysts expect America’s large “fracklog” of drilled but not completed shale wells could all but evaporate in coming months.

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