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Prosperity, Security and Markets

American prosperity and security are linked to the ability of financial markets to stimulate invention and innovation.

Russia’s Pacific Destiny

Russia and America are natural allies in the north Pacific.

The Indo-Pacific: What’s in a Name?

What statesmen come to call various regions of the world predisposes them to adopt certain strategic concepts over others.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel immediately after winning the general election in September
Back to the Frontier

The rise of Germany is reconfiguring the former Warsaw Pact zone as both the United States and the European Union struggle over a crisis of political economy.

Atlanticism in Retreat

The ambitions of post-Cold War U.S. policy in Central Europe have hit a wall.

The Pebble Thrower

Mark Leibovich's This Town is a symptom of the same Beltway insider disease it aims to describe.

Swiped: The Political Economy of Debit Card Fees

There's a lot more than meets the eye in the argument between merchants and banks over who pays debit card swipe fees.

The Canard of Decline

Prophesying doom for America is a hearty perennial with many uses. A fifth wave of declinism in as many decades is now rising.

SWATted: The Militarization of America’s Police

Perverse Federal policy incentives stemming from the "war on drugs" are overwhelming Americans' Fourth Amendment rights.

Coltrane’s Ark

John Coltrane's stunning musical output in 1965 is open to deeper examination, thanks to a new studio archive release.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

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

Higher Ed Shake Up

New low-cost programs are carving out a critical space in the U.S. higher education system.


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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.

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