Essays
Information vs. Knowledge
The False Promise of the Surveillance State

Advanced surveillance tech will prove a false hope for politicians worldwide—as it already has for China’s authoritarian leaders.

“The Abbey in the Oakwood” (Abtei im Eichwald) by Caspar David Friedrich (1810)
Modern German Romanticism
A Ruinous Obsession

How a nation that loved ruins was itself reduced to rubble—and in its own ashes discovered new, impossible ideals.

Coronavirus Lamentations
A Dispatch from the Duchy of Riverdale

A German immigrant loves America, hates U.S. politics, and pines for his first homeland. On a porch in Riverdale (North Bronx), he takes comfort in the bonds of family and community, even as a virus closes in.

Jeane Kirkpatrick (R. Jay Magill, Jr., 2020)
The Foreign Policy Debate We Need
Why Jeane Kirkpatrick Should Still Be Our Guide

The author of “How Should America Deal with Authoritarian States?” responds to his critics. (The final entry in our series.)

Defeating Populism
It Will Take More Than an Election

If other democracies are any guide, the electoral defeat of a leader like Donald Trump will not mark a return to political normalcy.

Images via Shutterstock, Composite by Danielle Desjardins
Channeling the Moment
Furtwängler and Shostakovich, Bearing Witness in Wartime

The wartime performances of two musical giants—a conductor and composer on opposite sides of a devastating conflict—affirm that great works of art are so profoundly imagined that they can mold to changing human circumstances.

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The Foreign Policy Debate We Need
Is a New Kirkpatrick Doctrine the Answer?

Five experts respond to Svante E. Cornell’s essay, “How Should America Deal with Authoritarian States?” and discuss the legacy of Jeane Kirkpatrick for policymakers today.

Tony Johannot, “Faust and Mephisto in Faust’s Study” (Wikimedia Commons)
A New Kirkpatrick Doctrine
How Should America Deal with Authoritarian States?

It’s a classic, bipartisan, and ongoing dilemma—but revisiting the wisdom of Jeane Kirkpatrick’s “Dictatorships & Double Standards” can help us navigate it.

Geopolitics By Other Means
Wars of Religion

From Russia and Ukraine to Serbia and Montenegro, national churches are being weaponized.

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A Powerful Anniversary
Russia’s Battle for Memory and Justice

It’s been five years since Boris Nemtsov was gunned down in front of the Kremlin. His legacy will survive Putin’s attempts to destroy it.

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