A Crisis of Wishing Some are smiling at Europe's comeuppance. But Schadenfreude would be unwarranted, especially coming from Americans.
Hubris Hurts There’s plenty of hubris to be found on both sides of the Atlantic.
Drifting and at Risk For a host of reasons, the European project, one of the most impressive international achievements of the past fifty years, is in deep crisis. “Malaise”, a word made famous by President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, now seems the most apt description of the European Union’s mood.
Diversity Wins Out Europe’s strength lies in its diversity of history and of geography, but its weakness lies there as well.
The Model of Models The market democracies of the world, whether European or American, will remain the big kids on the block for the foreseeable future.
A Retired Power As it stands now, Europe has lost its self-confidence, its energy and its hopes that the next century will be the “European century.” From Beijing to Washington—and even in Brussels it-self—the Old Continent is widely viewed as a spent geopolitical force, as a great place to live but not a great place to dream.
Beyond the Atlantic While Europeans and Americans argue about who has the more attractive model, the rest of the world is increasingly being tempted by a third option.
Decision Time The European project is a global blueprint for social change, environmental protection and supranational governance. Yet nobody talks about Europe in such glowing terms today. Why has the shine come off the apple?the shape of europa
A Special Relationship in Jeopardy All four pillars of the Anglo-American alliance have been weakened, but its future is still in our hands.
Afghanistan Greened Guess which German party is most hawkish on the war in Afghanistan.capitalism, democracy & law
Dear Mr. Corporation Corporations are made of contracts, not people.
Transparency First A better way to clean up Wall Street.
Measuring Secrecy The Financial Secrecy Index is a new tool for ranking jurisdictions according to the transparency of their financial markets.
Law as Leverage There’s a lot more Congress can do to put our financial house in order.
The Wall Street ICEcapade Location, location, location is key for ICE Trust U.S., a new clearinghouse that trades credit default swaps, the complex financial instruments at the heart of one financial crisis after another, from Lehman Brothers to AIG to Greece.campaign finance after citizens united reviews
Strategy Is as Strategy Does Edward Luttwak’s The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire eruditely makes the case that such a thing actually existed.
Writing Strategy Charles Hill’s Grand Strategy and Literature surprises and enthralls.
Too Political to Succeed What made U.S. banks take such disastrous risks? Not what we’ve been led to think.
The Logical Insanity of Theodor Geisel A new life of Dr. Seuss, American icon.
Layard of Nineveh The amazing dumb luck of a Victorian romantic gone native.notes & letters
Notes on the State of Black America Perhaps the strangest thing about black America today is how little we talk about it.
The Soft Power of Science President Obama’s Science Envoy and a Nobel laureate in chemistry has an idea for restoring America’s image in the Middle East.
Vacation Note: Two Funerals and a Meaning The sudden deaths of a British Princess and a Polish President don’t have much in common, but the reactions to them do.