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Understanding Our Adversaries
Why We Need Totalitarianism

Why we need a more refined concept of it, that is.

From the May/June Issue
Could It Have Been Otherwise?

Russian-American relations are in ruins. A look back at decisions made after the Cold War can help us understand what went wrong—and whether the United States had other options.

Baseball’s Divine Comedy

The classic Ron Shelton film Bull Durham (1988) takes its hero on a Dantean journey from purgatory to paradise.

Cool Hand Brent

A new biography of Brent Scowcroft captures some of the man the author once worked for, but only some.

Misunderstanding War

War remains one of the most consistently misunderstood of human behaviors.

Understanding Our Adversaries
Those Crazy Christians

The West is struggling to navigate Islam’s major sectarian cleavage; about 500 years ago a Muslim superpower navigated Christendom’s Wars of the Reformation. Anything to learn here, perhaps?

Understanding Ourselves
The Paradox of American Democracy Promotion

Two entwined truths go far to define U.S. foreign policy: We must promote democracy; and we certainly will make a hash out of it.

Understanding Ourselves
Pax Anglo-Saxonica

There is a distinctive Anglo-American way of conceptualizing global strategic reality, and it goes far deeper than the abstractions of liberalism.

Understanding Our Adversaries
The Worst of All Possible Cubas

Three distinct patterns of transition out of communist rule exist: Russian, Chinese, and East European. The new American policy dooms Cuba to the worst of the lot.

Capitalism Da Capo

Authors tapping into the renewed interest in the history and nature of capitalism are stumbling over an unexpected problem: There’s no agreement on what capitalism is.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Putin's Patronage

The rebound of Russia’s largest oil company appears to be a major success story, but the truth is more complicated.

TAI elsewhere

Jason Willick on the inadequacy of the donor class vision for the Republican Party.

Regulate Don't Kill

Trying to apply blue model thinking to post-blue problems is foolish.

A New Cud to Chew

Feeding cows seaweed could cut out 99 percent of their methane emissions.

Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

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