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Looking Back
Greatness and Goodness: Parting Thoughts on 1968

How was the smaller, poorer America of 1968—a country not always good but often great—able to accomplish so much that we deem impossible today?

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History Lesson
A Jew’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

As everyone knows, the evening of December 31 is New Year’s Eve. But why is December 31 New Year’s Eve? And why is the next year the number 2019?

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Failure to Launch
The EU Can’t Fulfill Its Purpose

In a competitive world, with antagonistic external powers and growing internal imbalances, the dream is failing.

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To Err Is Human
To Predict, Not So Divine

Our predictions about politics and world affairs rarely seem to work out—but there are good reasons to keep trying.

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More Than A Feeling
The US-Brazil Relationship Must Be More Than Friendship

With the election of Jair Bolsonaro, U.S.-Brazil relations stand to gain a great deal—but only if Trump makes a concerted diplomatic effort.

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New World Disorder
Shoring Up NATO Is in Europe’s Own Interest

Increased European investment in defense is about more than just “burden sharing” or Europe paying its “fair share.” Europe’s vital national security interests–and the future of the West—are at stake.

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The Times They Are A Changin'
Just How Cold Is It Outside, Baby?

The tug of war between social expectations and individual desire that drives the Baby It’s Cold Outside controversy is rapidly becoming as anachronistic as the social rituals of France’s ancien regime.

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Year In Review
The Top Books of 2018

A short guide to some of the best reads from the past year.

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Why Veterans Run
Flag Pins and Shoulder Patches

More and more veterans are running for Congress. Can the members of one of America’s most-trusted institutions turn around the dismal fortunes of one of its least-trusted ones?

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At the Movies
The Death of the Auteur

Orson Welles’s final film, newly completed after four decades in limbo, is a fascinating paradox: a deeply personal but radically collaborative project, which speaks as much to our time as to his.

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