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A German View
Assessing the Brussels Wreckage

Germany’s only way forward is to somehow try to protect Transatlantic relations from Donald Trump himself as best it can.

In the Oval Office
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Pumphrett in Trump’s Labyrinth

Volume eight of The Pumphrett Papers.

Policy Shift?
Changing the Tune About a United Jerusalem

A shift in Netanyahu’s official statements suggests he’s laying the groundwork for relinquishing some of Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods.

Donald of Arabia
Why Trump Shouldn’t Rush to Pop Champagne Corks

Spoilers are already laying plans to derail the President’s Middle East agenda.

Europe in the Age of Trump
NATO Without America?

Like democracy, our European allies are our worst option except for all the others. The Europeans need us, and we need them—let’s not call the whole thing off.

The Doctor Is In
No More Shenanigans

To achieve real reform, the era of the ideologue and the bureaucrat must be brought to an end. Make way for the doctor and the nurse.

Make China Great Again
One Belt, One Road, One Bluff

China’s infrastructure investment plan looks impressive—until you look a little closer.

Russia & The West
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Our No-Fault Russia Policy

No, the U.S. didn’t “lose” Russia—it was in the historical cards. And acknowledging that strengthens us.

States Under Stress
Piracy on the Cyber Seas

How the disintermediation and hyperconnectivity afforded by the cyber revolution threaten the order of the commons, and thus the Westphalian state system itself.

No Puppet
Russia House (of Cards)

The prima facie improbability of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
retirement crisis

Young Americans expect to lean more heavily on Social Security when they retire. But the system is underfunded.

Hail Shale

Give shale the credit it’s due this holiday weekend.

Pressuring Pyongyang

An analysis of their trade flows suggests so.


We are greatly saddened here at The American Interest to hear about the death of our friend, colleague, and mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

China's Big Money Diplomacy

China wants to help Egypt construct a new capital—but can they follow through?

social norms

The President’s assault on P.C. was at least partly successful. That is both good and bad.

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