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Walter Russell Mead
Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
Data Sometimes Lies
China Fails to Break Its Addiction

…to old-fashioned economic stimulus and real estate.

The Art of the Deal
Reading Trump’s Foreign Policy Shifts

With Russian rapprochement stalled, Trump has embarked on another uphill effort: peeling China away from North Korea.

The Art of the Deal
Trump Plays the Trade Card for Help on North Korea

Trump’s pitch to Xi—concessions on trade for cooperation on North Korea—offers key insights into his worldview.

Now You See It Now You Don't
The Magic Disappearing $100 Billion Climate Fund

This is the house of cards that the last Administration claimed was a big piece of its green legacy.

Libya Afterparty
From Responsibility to Protect to Slave Markets

Desperate African migrants trying to reach Europe are being bought and sold on slave markets in Libya. Thank goodness a Republican President didn’t author this mess, or we’d never hear the end of it.

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What the Syria Strikes Mean

A strong message was sent to Xi and Putin—in that order.

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Revamping the Retirement System

The following is written testimony delivered to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Economic Policy on April 5, 2017.

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Cracks in the Gorsuch Blockade

It’s looking more likely that the Senate will avoid an institution-rattling showdown over President Trump’s first Supreme Court nomination.

Midnight Massacre
Crunch Time for South Africa and the ANC

South African President Jacob Zuma has ousted his independent finance minister, as part of a massive cabinet reshuffle that has many in his own party crying foul.

Development in Africa
Growth Expectations Stir Unrest in Ivory Coast

Events in Ivory Coast remind us that rising expectations produce more revolutions than poverty.

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Higher Education Watch

University administrations have leaned too far over their skis in an effort to win more guilty findings.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Don’t expect a tough line on Beijing to come out of this year’s summit.


Warsaw just purchased its first cargoes of American LNG.

Mixed Messages

Trump’s latest outburst on THAAD and trade will hardly help shore up U.S.-South Korean relations.

Crude Economics

Today’s glut could lead to tomorrow’s supply shock.

The Art of the Deal

So far, it’s grandstanding and placebo politics disguising a more moderate agenda.

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