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Religion & Other Curiosities
Holy Cows, Blasphemy, and Monotheism

Comparing and contrasting different cases of “religionization” or “desecularization” yields striking parallels.

Religion and Modernity
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The Canonization of Mother Teresa

For most religious people today modernity and religion relate to each other not as either/or but as both/and.

Middle East Strategy
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With “Friends” Like Iran…

The United States must choose between embracing Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, or bolstering its alliance with a gradually reforming Saudi Arabia.

Religion & Other Curiosities
Can Atheists Be Good People?

Yes. Understanding why this is true sheds light on one important formula of peace in a pluralist society.

New World Disorder
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Erupting Nationalisms

If people define a nation as real, it is real in its consequences.

Order and Progress
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Olympic Games—Sacred and Profane

Are the Olympic Games a kind of international quasi-religion?

The Next President
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Is Religious Freedom in the National Interest?

One would think so if one looks at its place in official Washington.

Money & Politics
Who Funded Brexit?

Meet Arron Banks, the previously little-known insurance entrepreneur who bankrolled Leave.EU and might be set to take over UKIP.

2016
An Open Letter on Donald Trump’s Vision of US Foreign Policy

The following statement was drafted by Ali Wyne, a security fellow with the Truman National Security Project. All of the signatories have signed in their personal capacities. Those who wish to add their names to this statement should contact Ali at awyne@alum.mit.edu.

Tit for Tat for Tit
Kremlin Paranoia Leads to Escalation in Spy War

A well-timed Washington Post bombshell has revealed just how wide the gulf is between Russia and the United States.

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illiberalism

Tribalism on one side strengthens tribalism on the other.

A Setback?

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party suffered a defeat at the polls on Sunday. But the country’s next parliamentary could come sooner than most expect, offering the populists another chance.

Europe's Mess

A “No” vote many thought would strike a serious blow against the EU may have been more of a stay of execution. But that does not mean any of Europe’s underlying problems have gone away.

Budget Battles

Many of the nation’s top military brass have Putin on their minds when looking at the 2018 defense budget.

democracy and its discontents

The outcome of the election made the public more supportive of America’s idiosyncratic election system overall.

Consequences

Yet more proof that the only way to assure good treatment for refugees is to do everything to prevent their displacement in the first place.

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