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Walter Russell Mead
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The Execution of John Allen Mohammed

John Allen Mohammed was killed by the State of Virginia tonight.  He received a lethal injection at 9:06 and was declared dead at 9:11.I don’t have anything against the death penalty.  I realized that nineteen years ago on a visit to Auschwitz.  In front of a killing chamber where Jews and other victims were gassed […]

Corruption Costs $1.6 Trillion Per Year

How much do crooked politicians and others steal every year?Nobody really knows, of course, but as the BBC reports today, the UN estimates that $1.6 trillion each year is stolen each year and moved across national borders. Tragically, much of this money is stolen from poor countries.  It is bread taken out of the mouths […]

Armed and Dangerous NGOs

Somali pirates are now firing on ships hundreds of miles from shore, extending their range of operations deep into the Indian Ocean.  Flush with ransom payments from past operations, the pirates are able to buy increasingly sophisticated weapons and ships.It’s likely that we will see more of this.  Al-Qaeda was the first modern NGO to […]

Green Scares and Red Scares

Those worried that they were too young to experience the joys of the Cold War can now wrap themselves in the excitement of the contemporary equivalent of Cold War ‘red scares’: fears that communists were infiltrating the American government and other institutions.Today’s version is the “green scare”; fears that radical religious extremists of the Islamic […]

Turkey Does the Right Thing – Again

The BBC reports this morning that Sudan’s odious president Omar al-Bashir has suddenly discovered some pressing business at home that will prevent him from attending this week’s Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) summit in Turkey.Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the ongoing war in Darfur, had earlier been expected to attend.  This […]

The Triumph of Capitalism

Twenty years ago I was in a cafe in Rio de Janeiro, eating breakfast and looking at the morning paper.In those days, you couldn’t get the English language newspapers until much later in the day in Rio; neither was the internet much use as a news source.So I was drinking some strong Brazilian coffee (“hot […]

Thailand in Crisis

Thailand used to be the most stable country in Southeast Asia.  That is no longer the case and its long-running, slowly developing political crisis is taking a dramatic turn for the worse.This is important.  Geopolitically and economically, Thailand matters enormously to both China and the United States.  Any serious unrest there could bring American and […]

Everything That Rises Must Converge

The “great game” is what nineteenth century British strategists called the contest in Central Asia between Britain and Russia; it usually came down to competition for the shifting allegiances of various warlords and tribes in Afghanistan.That ‘game’ is still being played with a new set of players, but a new and potentially much more explosive […]

Burying The Lede

If you go down to paragraph five of this CNN story, you will find the real news: those polled opposed “Barack Obama’s proposals” on health care 53 to 45.The next graph is equally newsworthy: 60% of independents opposed the proposals, a nine point increase in October.No wonder the House margin was so narrow.

The Blunder that Ended the Cold War

A BBC story this morning should be required reading for anyone running a company, a government, or a political campaign.It matters who talks to the press.  An off-the-cuff, arrogant and untested press spokesman brought down the Berlin Wall.By accident.East German Politburo member Gunter Schabowski told reporters that new regulations easing travel between East and West […]

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The Future

Here’s some fodder for your next dinner party.


Hint: It involves leaflets, psy-ops, and calls from Mom.

Libyan Afterparty

America’s top general in Africa has confirmed that Russia is up to new tricks in Libya.


As if holding back America’s schools wasn’t enough….

Pipeline Politics

Still, several hurdles remain for the beleaguered project.

Soft or Hard Landing

It feels like 2015 all over again.

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