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Peaceful Rise
Peaceful Rise
Xi Retools China’s Military

A military modernizing for global dominance, a dictator consolidating his power, an unstable economy, and an America tired of being the world’s policeman. These are not the ingredients for a new era of world peace.

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Reading the Signs on China’s Strategy

China’s new soft-power approach isn’t quite as devious or as foolproof a path to regional hegemony as some think.

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Xi Seeks to Calm Troubled Waters

Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech laying out China’s new, softer foreign policy that has been developing over the past month. For the sake of the US, the world, and especially China itself, let’s hope this is a trend that sticks.

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China Buys into the World Order—for Now

Earlier signs of a softening stance by China have been leading up to a notable shift in Chinese diplomacy at this week’s APEC meeting. China, however, is just biding its time.

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The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.

Recessional

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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