Hope vs. Fear
The Star Wars Theory of History
Jon Meacham’s new book casts U.S. history as a battle between the forces of darkness and light, with all-powerful Presidents dueling for the nation’s soul.
The Futile Search for a Russian Ideology
Western Russia-watchers are mistaking the ramblings of a self-promoting apparatchik for a coherent articulation of the Kremlin’s ideology. Don’t believe the hype.
Democracy in Africa
Nigeria at the Ballot Box
As elections loom in Africa’s most populous country, a timely new book dispels common myths about Nigeria’s democracy—and reveals the broader stakes for the continent.
The Modern Project
The Crisis of Modern Science
As the modern scientific project increasingly allows us to manipulate our own natures, it is awakening challenges and paradoxes to which there are no simple answers.
The Hidden Leader
Sebastian Kurz and the Fate of Europe
The weakness of both Macron and Merkel has opened the door to another player on the European chessboard: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
Clash of Rivals
The China Dream: Their Goals and Ours
Though the personalities of individual leaders have certainly intensified Sino-American competition, the expectation that China would become a “responsible stakeholder” in a U.S.-led global order was never realistic.
A Conversation with Louise Shelley
Shining a Light on “Dark Commerce”
A leading expert on transnational crime and corruption discusses how illicit trade, money laundering, and the dark web are undermining our democracy.
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