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Energy and Geopolitics
Defeat Iran with Methanol

Tehran’s attack on Saudi oil facilities shows that we’re still far too dependent on the Middle East for fuel. The solution? Open the transportation fuel market to methanol.

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U.S. Embassy Jerusalem, via Wikimedia Commons
The Return of the Jordan Valley
American Withdrawal and the Future of Israeli Security

America’s withdrawal from the Middle East validates the long-standing Israeli view that it must not rely on external guarantees, but rather do what’s necessary to defend itself, by itself. Israel’s former UN Ambassador makes the case for the incorporation of the Jordan Valley.

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“Willie and Holcha” by William H. Johnson (Wikimedia Commons)
Beyond Black and White
Can Americans Unlearn Race?

In his lucid new memoir, Thomas Chatterton Williams channels Albert Camus and James Baldwin—and offers a thoughtful counterpoint to the tired racial dogmas of both Right and Left.

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Owning Up
The Rumors of War

A new sculpture by Kehinde Wiley is a one-man stand against the Confederate monuments littered throughout the South.

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Pell Grants for Prisoners
Open a School Door, Close a Prison

Pell Grants for prisoners cut costs, reduce recidivism, and offer those behind bars a second chance. Why aren’t we funding them?

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Democracy Watch
As the World Marches for Freedom, Where is Trump?

Activists at home and abroad are being galvanized to stand up for fundamental freedoms. Why can’t the President?

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Graphic by Danielle Desjardins
Parallels
The Consequences of a Mad King

A man of vociferous opinions, few consistent, Kaiser Wilhelm II was confident of his universally superior knowledge. This confidence was not matched by an ability to read briefing materials or master policy details.

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Brexit and British Politics
A Guide for the Perplexed

A former British diplomat guides us through the current crisis—and why the issues go well beyond Brexit.

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Mind Over Matter
Artificial Intelligence: What’s to Fear?

What should worry us most about artificial intelligence: losing our jobs to cheaper labor or losing our lives to killer robots? The real threat may lie in yet another danger: losing our minds.

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A Lingering Trauma
No Trust In Self, No Money For Defense

It’s neither pacifism, nor a proclivity to free-riderism, nor (strictly speaking) a sense of moral certainty that leads Germans to shirk their security responsibilities. It’s actually a profound psychological sense of self-doubt that’s to blame.

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