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Walter Russell Mead
Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
Burma's Rohingyas
Human Rights Activists Lose Faith In Burma’s Leader

Outrage at Myanmar’s leader for her inaction on the Rohingya demonstrates the continuing failure of human rights activists to understand the world or develop wise strategies for dealing with it.

The Trump Way
Trump Rediscovers an Old Form of Governance

The Carrier deal demonstrates the sort of political savvy progressive technocrats fail to appreciate.

The Chinese Slowdown
The Smart Money Wants out of China

Beijing’s crackdown on capital flight is another sign that China’s meteoric growth could be drawing to an end.

The Wages of willkommenskultur
Merkel’s Migrant Rethink

Well-intentioned liberals and refugee advocates are learning a hard lesson: the only way to deal with refugee crisis is to have a foreign policy that seeks to prevent them in the first place.

Cyber Insecurity
The Crimes of the Future Are Already Here

A ransomware attack on San Francisco’s light rail system is a wake-up call about our vulnerabilities to cyber threats.

Brazil In Trouble
No Happy Ending for Brazil

The country is like a teenager in a growth spurt trying to squeeze into last year’s clothes.

Seoul Scandal
South Korea’s Crisis Deepens

Public trust in South Korea’s President is cratering just as the country faces a series of intertwined crises.

Looking Ahead
The Future of US-Cuban Relations

The truth is that the death of Fidel resolves little.

Looking Ahead
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Trump’s Path to Mount Rushmore

Smart energy policy could give the next President his best prospect for spurring growth in manufacturing jobs—and thus delivering on the promises his voters think matter most.

Fidel Castro (1926-2016)
A Dictator Dies a Failure

Fidel Castro wanted an independent path for Cuba. He leaves a shattered society and a desperately poor country behind him, less able to shape its destiny than it was in 1959.

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Crude Economics

Moscow just promised to cut its oil output, but that promise rings hollow.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China’s seizure of Singapore’s troop carriers is a power move that sends a signal about Beijing’s displeasure with the Lion City.

Burma's Rohingyas

Outrage at Myanmar’s leader for her inaction on the Rohingya demonstrates the continuing failure of human rights activists to understand the world or develop wise strategies for dealing with it.

Looking Ahead

Nancy Pelosi’s re-election at House Minority Leader suggests that even the 2016 disaster has not yet weakened the establishment’s iron grip over Democratic power centers.

The Vapors

The inability of U.S. diplomats to explain Trump and his worldview to their foreign interlocutors is likely to be a more serious problem for American foreign policy than any early flubs by the President-elect.

The North American Energy Boom

Our southern neighbor is benefiting from the shale boom, too.

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