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Is It Worth It?

Yes, but it’s a close call bound to cause the President trouble.

Vacuum Wars

Failed states cause more than just humanitarian problems and terrorism; they’re potential flashpoints for great power wars as well.

War Games

Afghanistan is not Iraq, but the basics don’t change.

In the Family Way

Some old, inconvenient truths about marriage.

Blood Brothers

Americans believe they are a peace-loving people; the historical record shows otherwise.

Best of Times, Worst of Times

How Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller confronted an age of optimism.

War and Human Nature

What science tells us about the causes of wars, and why we don’t like to hear it.

How Not To Solve Guantánamo

Saudi terrorist “rehabilitation” programs won’t work on Yemenis either.

MBAs Gone Wild

Business schools helped cause our financial woes. Here’s how they can help alleviate them.

Taking the Measure

GDP, CPI, poverty rate: Economic gauges don’t measure what we think they do.

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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.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

After the Elections

Fair enough. But some of the Realpolitik Russia won’t like.

Shale Is Hale

Welcome to the era of the “monster frack.”

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