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Bolton's Game-Changer?
Trump, Clinton, and Defining Deviancy Down

Trump’s still-likely acquittal will lower the bar for presidential behavior—just as Bill Clinton’s did in 1999.

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Ukraine and Russia
Zelensky Walks the Knife’s Edge

The deck may be stacked against the Ukrainian President’s peace-through-negotiation approach, but it is not so thoroughly stacked that failure is a foregone conclusion.

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The Closing of the American Mind
Re-Encountering Allan Bloom

A cultural historian and music critic reflects on the campus unrest he chronicled as an undergraduate—and why, so many years later, Allan Bloom’s prophecies about higher education have come to fulfillment.

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Portrait of a Führer
The Demagogic Personality

In the midst of World War II, the U.S. government commissioned a psychological profile of Adolf Hitler. The results may have something to teach us about destructive charismatic personalities today.

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TAI Conversations
The World According to Tyler Cowen

The polymath economist defends capitalism, liberalism, dating apps, and immigration—and explains how China is making movies sexless.

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Moscow Down Under
Russia’s Australian Well-Wishers

What does Russia want in Australia—and why are there so many fellow travelers supporting its interests there?

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Lessons from History
Victor Klemperer and the Decay of Political Language

The wartime scholar and diarist lived an extraordinary life—and bore witness to the degradation of political rhetoric in ways that still resonate today.

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The Literary Life
James Wood and the Art of Criticism

In his new career-spanning collection, the esteemed book critic James Wood affirms his credo: “Literature teaches us to notice.”

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Scholarship vs. Politics
Historians Defeat Resolutions Denouncing Israel

As thousands marched against anti-Semitism in New York, the American Historical Association voted to defeat—for the third time—resolutions denouncing Israel.

Idealpolitik vs. Realpolitik
The Foreign Policy Debate We Need

How to temper idealism with the demands of responsible statecraft—without abandoning our commitment to democracy and human rights? This is the question facing America’s foreign policy hands as they look beyond the Trump presidency.

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