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"America Must Correct Course"

The former German Chancellor does his global ciphers.

A Nation In Debt

The subprime mortgage debacle has deep roots in the decline of thrift.

To Cast a Fly

Sport? Hobby? Art? Toss your line in the river and find out.

Republic of Pretense

A new history of the Civil War era looks closely at America, and doesn’t blink.

Selling Out

The mass transfer of U.S. wealth to oil-exporting countries bodes ill.

Olympic Art & Artifice

Inside the “imagineering” of the Beijing Olympics.

Get Happy

The secret to happiness is…still secret.

A Law of Unintended Consequences

The irony of the Voting Rights Act.

Size Matters

Power still depends on aligning political scope with economic reality.

Innocence Abroad

Robin Wright thinks the Middle East is changing for the better, but neglects to say why.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

The Trump Administration is likely to comply.

demographic transformation

The millennial urban boom may be coming to a close. This could have major consequences for America’s politics and geography.

A Heavy Lift

No, probably not. But President Trump may have trouble lifting them in the first place.

Delivering on Promises

TPP, NAFTA, and a special deal with the UK: Trump’s first week will be a busy one.

WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.


Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

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