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The Unreality of Realism
The Strategic Case for Supporting Ukraine

In the impeachment hearings, the place of Ukraine in U.S. foreign policy strategy gets lost. It’s important—there remains a strong strategic rationale.

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Spies and Lies
John le Carré’s Lessons on Populism

In his two latest books, the world-weary spy writer trains his pen on Trump, Brexit, and populism—and offers a surprisingly optimistic take on the next generation.

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Herder vs. Fichte
Nationalism Is Not (Always) The Enemy of Liberalism

In the 19th century, nationalists were the standard-bearers of liberalism—democratic, forward-looking, progressive. This is no longer the case. 

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Grace Dworkin
The Center Can Hold
Driven to the Edge

How capitalism pushes people to political extremes, and how we might save it while rebuilding the center.

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Turkey on the Menu at the NATO Summit
It’s Not Us—It’s Him

Our problems with Turkey aren’t due to Trump, or Obama, or any other President. Put the blame where it belongs: with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his choices.

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From Segregation to Integration
How the BDS Movement Harms Arab Interests

Successive boycotts of Israel and its people have done incalculable harm to Arab countries. It’s time to move forward to a post-boycott region.

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Race in America
Susan Sontag: Race, Class, and the Limits of Style

For all her insights, the leftist icon had a blind spot on race—with a trendy pessimism that blinded her to the civil rights movement and the reality of how people actually live.

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Every Man's Heart
A Millennial From Iran On Why America Should Support Democracy Promotion

How life under a theocratic government, upbringing in a Marxist-Leninist household, and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq turned a young man into a neocon.

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Lost Promises
The General at the Heart of Iraq’s Protests

Abdel-Wahab al-Saadi once made a name for himself by avoiding politics. Now, he’s the face of a protest movement that could upend Iraq’s fragile peace.

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When Deals Were Artful
How Social Security Was Saved—and Might Be Again

Next year, the Social Security Trust Fund will shrink for the first time since 1982. It’s worth recalling how a crisis was averted then—and the lessons for legislative compromise in our own time.

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