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Asia Rising

The U.S. position in Asia is good. Keeping it that way won’t be easy.

The Turkish Portfolio

U.S. policy toward Turkey must navigate a compound dislocation.

An Election in History

We now inhabit a populist democracy, as Obama the candidate understood well.

The Man in the Black Cape

Randolph Bourne’s warnings of how war feeds the state reverberate still.

Forging a New Shield

Charting a Goldwater-Nichols-scale reform for the U.S. interagency process.

Toolbox: Advice for the Advisor

Memo to the National Security Advisor: Learn from your predecessors.

Close It Down

Should we shut down the World Bank: Yes, it’s been marginal at best and a bust all along at worst.

Irrational (Democratic) Exuberance

Mere enthusiasm does not a successful government make.

Bombs Away

New tools to fight WMD proliferation need to be institutionalized, not abandoned.

What “Chimerica” Hath Wrought

Those who see America’s nadir in the current economic crisis are shortsighted.

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South China Sea Change

The Chinese are pulling back from the disputed Scarborough Shoal: is this a new normal or a temporary olive branch?

Latin Lefty Meltdown

It’s a sign of frustration—and a sign of Maduro’s temporary upper-hand.

Washington's Malaysia Malaise

Malaysia is preparing for its first major defense agreement with China, a sign that Beijing’s diplomacy is paying off.

Low-Hanging Fruit

We need more diesel technicians, welders, and pipe fitters.

Crude Economics

If the Saudis don’t bite the bullet next month, the cartel’s relevance will fade significantly.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

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