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Clueless into Kabul

America’s apparent success in Afghanistan is coming undone, and for good reasons: ignorance and hubris, to name two.

Between Relativism and Fundamentalism

Neither relativism nor fundamentalism offers a basis for reasoned discourse on moral choices. We need a revitalized “protestant” middle way.

Will the Real Leo Strauss Please Stand Up?

Leo Strauss rarely opined on foreign policy. But when he did, his conclusions diverged from those that animated U.S. decisions in Iraq.

Deep and Wide

American Evangelicals are far more diverse than media caricatures aver.

A Quarter Century of Broken Windows

There’s no keeping a good idea down—not that some won’t try.

Debt Becomes Us?

A star Financial Times analyst explains the world's weird capital flows and suggests ways to avoid another global economic crisis.

The Boss, Rooted

Bruce Springsteen’s latest is an acoustic history lesson you can dance to.

Capital Ideas

There’s not one kind of capitalism but four. The differences matter–a lot.

Will the House Come to Order?

The former Congressman takes the measure of a new history of the House.

Goodbye Godzilla, Hello Kitty

What Japan’s pop-culture products tell us about its struggles with defeat, democratization and globalization.

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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.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

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