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Russia and the West
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Fake Words

How familiar-sounding words and outmoded habits of mind mislead Russian-Western relations.

Of Moscow Meetings
When Rex Met Sergey

Behind all the talk of tension and impasses, one can see the outlines of Donald Trump’s transactional diplomacy taking shape.

Ethics and Politics
The Sadness of Princes

Angela Merkel finds herself in a Machiavellian dilemma: caught between moral compulsion and the reasons of state.

New World Disorder
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The Deconstruction of the West

The greatest threat to the liberal international order comes not from Russia, China, or jihadist terror but from the self-induced deconstruction of Western culture.

The Role of Ideology
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Terror in Stockholm

Last week’s terror attack in Sweden should raise important questions about how the West defines its enemies.

Life in America
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Notes on Cost Disease

Important goods and services are costing Americans vastly more over time. It’s time to notice, and figure out why.

Getting Serious
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Khan Sheikhoun, Shayrat Air Base, and Now What?

I wrote my first response to the U.S. cruise missile attack on Shayrat Air Base on April 7, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. EDT—in other words, about 18 hours after the attack. A great deal more has happened since, and it is in the nature of a crisis that this be so. One of the characteristics […]

Getting Serious
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Russia in Syria: What Next?

In the short-term Putin can shrug off the U.S. strikes, but Russia’s long-term strategy in Syria is coming under strain.

Art of the Deal
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The Last Conservative Statesman

With the “art of the deal” back in the vogue in American diplomacy, the career of the Fifth Marquess of Lansdowne is overdue for a reappraisal.

World Baseball—Jewish Baseball
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Team Israel’s Field of Dreams

Will Team Israel’s “David and Goliath” performance at the World Baseball Classic be a turning point for baseball in the Holy Land?

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Commitment Issues

It goes far deeper than a failure to reach the 2% spending target.

After The Referendum

The Council of Europe re-introduces monitoring for Turkey on human rights issues for the first time since 2004.

A New Deal

For Moscow, round two of production cuts is going to be harder than round one.

How do you solve a problem like Korea?

The U.S. is rushing to deploy missile defense in South Korea before the elections.

Pyongyang Under Pressure?

Is Pyongyang rationing fuel in fear of a coming Chinese embargo?

The President vs. the Mayors

A court ruling in California marks the latest setback for President Trump’s immigration policies.

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