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Food For Thought: A Capital Guide to Breakfast

To eat well in Britain, Somerset Maugham observed in those imperial days before Indian and Chinese restaurants and Elizabeth David and designer chefs had contrived to transform the culinary habits of a nation, it was necessary to eat breakfast three times a day. And what breakfasts they were, the sizzling bacon and the plump sausages, […]

Food For Thought: Mr. Epstein Regrets

My friends are much too ironic and cliché-averse ever to ask me in earnest if I want to “do lunch.” I’m not sure how long ago the phrase “Let’s do lunch” came into currency, but it seems now to have the standing of one of those empty little lies, like “Have a nice day”, that […]

Food For Thought: The Lost Supper

Being a club man, I rarely go to dinner parties in private homes because they have no menu. That’s not true. Yes, I do enjoy an epicurean menu, but I also enjoy the company of friends in their home. I suppose I am embarrassed by home invitations because, having lived at the club for so […]

Notes & Letters

Letters from Robert Stavins, S. Fred Singer, Ian Parry, Senator Joseph Lieberman and Roger Carstens

The Future of Preemption

Preemption against 21st-century threats is justified and necessary. It may be time, therefore, to move beyond the UN Charter.

Rep Murtha's Dissent

Rep. Murtha’s dissent on Iraq war policy made front page news in both the Washington Post and the New York Times today, and other papers besides. Well it should have, too. As everyone knows, Murtha is no shrinking violent when it comes to the use of force, and his defection from supporting the White House […]

WaPo v. NYT on Korea

To many conservatives, there isn’t much to choose from between two of the most prominent liberal newspapers in the United States: the New York Times and the Washington Post. Both are considered biased beyond hope. On many key issues this simply isn’t true, however, and every once in a while a particularly clear example of […]

German Politics… Italian Style

Since the Germanic tribes started to invade the Roman Empire, Germans have dreamt about Italy. Now they have it – Italian political conditions: no parliamentary majority for either of the two big camps (Christian Democrats plus Free Democrats and Social Democrats plus Greens). Other marriages fail on grounds of personal and ideological enmities. So for […]

U.S. Mint Confiscates Rare Gold Coins

In the August 25 Washington Post, the top of the Federal Page caught my eye. “U.S. Mint Confiscates 10 Rare 1933 Gold Coins” it read, dateline Philadelphia. Along with the story was a photograph of the obverse and reverse (called “front” and “back” by those down-home folks at the Post) of the famous 1933 Saint-Gaudens […]

The Wrong Stuff

The major intelligence error that presaged the Iraq war and the many errors that followed raise questions about the capacity of the United States to manage complex interventions. They cast a shadow forward on U.S. Middle east policy, as well.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

Li Keqiang’s trip Down Under aimed to shore up Australian support for Chinese trade, with mixed results.

Political Economy

If America’s economic momentum persists, Trump may once again prove harder to stop than his opponents imagine.

Reforming China

Even a Chinese state think tank speaks the ugly truth.

Higher Ed Shake Up

Ten months of code camp beats four years of ‘business communications’.

Middle East Aflame

General Mattis wants an early chance to roll back Iranian gains in the region, and despite the risks, Yemen seems like a tempting place to start.

Development in Africa

Events in Ivory Coast remind us that rising expectations produce more revolutions than poverty.

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