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Book Club
What Germans Are Reading

The land of Goethe is fond of fiction, of course, which makes up 31.9 percent of total book sales. But it is non-fiction that generates the most conversation—and the most controversy.

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At the Movies
The Populist Parable of A Face in the Crowd

Elia Kazan’s 1957 classic is a prescient warning about the power of demagogues, which remains all too relevant more than 60 years later.

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Diego Rivera, “Detroit Industry, South Wall” mural detail (Detroit Institute of Arts)
Threat Perception and Tech Policy
How to Jump-Start America—and Why 


A new book makes a strong case for a national push to spur innovation—but it fails to connect dots when it comes to the China threat.

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Getting Russia Right
Putinist Rule Minus Putin?

Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012 blighted Russia’s chances of peaceable evolution. That will stay so while he and his inner circle hang on to power, perhaps beyond 2024. Russia and the rest of us will suffer in consequence.

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Rebuilding Notre-Dame
It Ought to Be Gothick

The controversy over restoring Notre-Dame reflects a fallacy of the modern age: the idea that an old building becomes “inauthentic” if it is seamlessly restored.

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Bernardo Bellotto, “The Ruins of the Old Kreuzkirche in Dresden” (Wikimedia Commons)
Art & History
Dresden and the Invention of the Future

In the heartland of Saxony, stirrings of culture war and a crack-up in the consensus about the past.

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2020 Vision
Trump, Russia, and the Democrats’ Golden Opportunity

The President’s attitude toward Russia’s leader—and toward authoritarians world-wide —affords liberal internationalists the opportunity to link a defense of national security with an appeal to our highest democratic values. Democrats must lead.

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The Demon In Analogy
“A Catholic Reactionary and a Black Feminist Walk into a Bar…”

What do they have in common? More than you might think.

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What's in a name?
“Neocon” as a Slur

In late June, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard asserted that “the neocons in the Trump Administration” were pushing the President to war. Here’s the thing, though: There are virtually no neocons in the Trump White House.

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When Trump Meets Khan
Can Two Populist Leaders End the Unpopular War in Afghanistan?

It’s a heavy lift, but with Pakistan’s economy in crisis, there are signs that Washington and Islamabad are moving toward a new transactional approach.

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