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The Transatlantic Moment
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The United States and Europe Need Each Other

If the U.S. is to meet the global security challenges to come, the next President must make strengthening the alliance with Europe a priority.

Putin’s “Compatriots”

How Moscow manipulates the Russian diaspora in Eastern Europe to gain influence and sometimes territory.

Ukraine and the West
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The High Stakes of Ukraine’s Energy Reforms

Energy reform in Ukraine is crucial to its political stability and economic prosperity. If it is to succeed, the United States and other backers will have to do much more to help.

As Obama’s Clock Winds Down, Revisionist Powers Pounce

The Philippine pivot to China is just the latest consequence of Obama’s feckless foreign policy.

The Middle East
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The Kurds’ Proxy Trap

Will the Kurds’ proxy fight against ISIS work against their national aspirations in the long run?

Hillary vs. Donald
Choosing Wisely

On whom will we bestow the grand title of the lesser evil?

The (Bad) Ideas Election

Hillary’s answer to American discontent is a familiar litany of left-liberalism, while conservative scholars outline a post-Trump intellectual revival.

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Forms of Hatred

Or, how to understand the Age of Trump.

Russia and Turkey: Read the Fine Print

Moscow is getting closer to a gas pipeline deal with Ankara, but it’s not the geopolitical triumph some think.

State Capitalism
Putin’s Crony Gets His (Un)fair Share

The purchase of Bashneft by Rosneft represents one more example of how the “market economy” works in Russia—especially when money is being transferred from one state-owned pocket into another.

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brave new world

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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