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Walter Russell Mead
Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
The Nork's Nukes
Pyongyang Revs Up Missile Work

As North Korea’s missile progress proceeds apace, the U.S. is coming ever closer to a binary choice: war with North Korea or acceptance of its deterrent.

Seeing a Pattern...
The Noose Tightens in Brazil

To lose one President to a corruption scandal may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two in a row begins to look like carelessness.

Crude Economics
The New Oil Reality

The recent crude “cost recalibration” is about much more than hydrocarbons.

European Disunion
Spain Joins the Mo’ Money Caucus

Pressure on Germany will grow after its elections, as Spain joins France and Italy in a clear call for Eurozone reforms to benefit its indebted southern members.

the price of healthcare
Obamacare Is Still Failing

The thing that is slowly killing Obamacare is the same thing that is making it so hard for the GOP to come up with an alternative: American health care costs too much.

The Honeymoon is Over
Merkel’s Tough Message to Macron

“Thank you for beating Le Pen but no, you can’t have any money.”

MSM Myopia
The Cruelty of Blue

The MSM would have attacked any politician trying to avert the kind of mess now unfolding in Puerto Rico.

German Elections
Merkel on Course to Victory?

It’s early days still, but the German Chancellor must feel good about her chances.

France Speaks
A Stay of Execution for Europe—At Best

For Emmanuel Macron, all the problems that wrecked his predecessor’s presidency are still there.

With Allies Like These...
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The Greece-Turkey Rift Widens

A contentious court case is reviving old animosities between Ankara and Athens.

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retirement crisis

Young Americans expect to lean more heavily on Social Security when they retire. But the system is underfunded.

Hail Shale

Give shale the credit it’s due this holiday weekend.

Pressuring Pyongyang

An analysis of their trade flows suggests so.


We are greatly saddened here at The American Interest to hear about the death of our friend, colleague, and mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

China's Big Money Diplomacy

China wants to help Egypt construct a new capital—but can they follow through?

social norms

The President’s assault on P.C. was at least partly successful. That is both good and bad.

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