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How to Make Sanctions on Russia Work

Our prevailing approach to sanctions has manifestly failed to change the Kremlin’s behavior. There is a better way.

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Two to Tango: Attacking the Demand Side of Bribery

If the United States wants to get serious about tackling corruption, it needs to align itself with international norms and finally criminalize passive bribery.

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Swiss Populist
The Trump Before Trump

Christoph Blocher has turned Switzerland into a laboratory for right-wing populism. How did he do it, and what can we learn from him?

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Iran’s Proxy Wars
Rouhani’s Threat to Shut the Strait of Hormuz—More Than Bluster?

There are reasons—and historical precedent—to think Tehran will lash out if it feels cornered.

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Yellow Fever
Macron’s Malaise Speech

Market reforms are vital to France’s long-term prosperity. They won’t happen until Macron changes his leadership style.

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Paris Burning
France Doesn’t Have Enough Cops

The Gilets Jaunes say they can’t take it anymore. They’re not the only ones.

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America’s “Late 1940s Moment”
Time to Push Back Against the Revisionists

China and Russia are pushing a reluctant West to re-examine its most cherished assumptions about the shape of the global order.

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Intelligence Failure
Bumbling Russian Spies and Clumsy Russian Spy Services

As a high-profile Russian suspect prepares to plead guilty to conspiracy charges, Putin appears to clean house at home.

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U.S.-China Relations
The Wireless Great Power Rivalry

Don’t be fooled by cheery tweets about trade breakthroughs. The Huawei arrest shows that the Trump Administration’s wheels are turning toward full-blown competition with China.

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The View from Warsaw
From Pole to Pole: The Rise and Fall of Liberal Poland

A tale of cultural division and political reality along the Vistula.

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