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Character Acting

David Brooks’s latest book highlights a critical theme, but ends up lamenting one form of shallowness by dint of another.

Paper Machinations

The history of money is more than meets the eye: We shape it and then it shapes us.

The Centralization Paradox

Martha Derthick understood that an over-centralized Federal system can coexist with a relatively weak Executive, concocting a formula for American political dysfunction.

Defeating ISIS
Go Local

Feckless, strategy-less bombing campaigns cannot defeat the Islamic State. We need an approach that recognizes and engages local social realities.

Take the Meds
A Doctor in the House

Distributed systems of personalized medicine will deliver higher-quality care at lower cost. Home visits will be a major part of the mix.

Homo Americanus
The Waverly Vet

A dozen Underground Railroad travelers returned south from their refuge in Pennsylvania to fight for the Union. George Keys was one of the few to survive the ordeal.

Defeating ISIS
Crash Their Comms

Jihadi use of the internet and social media has become increasingly sophisticated and dangerous in the dawning era of cyberwar. We must close down their websites, not write reports on them.

Blues Upside Your Head

New collections of classic works by Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters enable a better appreciation of a beloved but understudied genre of American music.

Asia's Game of Thrones
China’s Place in U.S. Foreign Policy

An effective U.S. China policy is best built on a thorough assessment of the context in which Sino-American relations exist and operate.

Technovelty Watch
Your Brain on Screens

Addiction to mediated images is imbecilizing America’s youth. The energy-cost functions of our still-Stone Age brain explain both how and why.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff

Hint: it isn’t pretty.

Blue Model Blues

Kicking the can down the road is turning into a hobby for PA lawmakers.

Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.


By snubbing nuclear power, Berlin has consigned itself to decades of coal dependence.

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