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Putin's Plummeting Popularity
Don’t Shoot The Messenger

It’s not just that Putin’s “trust” numbers are in free fall. It’s that his most trusted pollsters appear to be in a panic about it.

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The Lifespan of a Fact
Checking the Fact Checkers

Can sticking to the facts obscure the truth? A recent Broadway play takes a Talmudic approach to the debate.

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Regional Integration
U.S. Strategy Towards Afghanistan And (The Rest Of) Central Asia

President Trump and his isolationist backers may think otherwise, but there is no real alternative to continued involvement.

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Council of Constance
Religion and Politics
The Catholic Invention of Representative Government

Modern representative democracy is unthinkable without innovations pioneered by the medieval Catholic Church.

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U.S. Navy/Liaison
The Realist Fallacy
“Liberal Hegemony” Is a Straw Man

Academic “realists” are guilty of intellectual overreach in their critique of international overreach.

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Lessons in Leadership
Chronicling Churchill

TAI’s Richard Aldous hosts Andrew Roberts for a discussion of his bestselling new biography Churchill: Walking with Destiny. (A lightly edited transcript from our podcast.)

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In Memoriam
Nathan Glazer (1923-2019)

A giant has passed away.

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Gilets Jaunes
The Problem with No Name

At the heart of the unrest in France is a blackout of rational thinking—and it’s driving the country to destruction.

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Reading the Tea Leaves
What 2018 Tells Us About the Democrats’ Chances in 2020

Barring a Trump bow out or a Democratic misstep in the primary, 2020 is likely to be even worse for the GOP than 2018.

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Checking China
The Road to (Super)Power

Bruno Maçães’s new book is a masterful overview of China’s Belt and Road project—and a disturbing portrait of things to come.

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