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East Asia
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Taiwan’s New Multicultural Identity

Wei Te-Sheng’s films illuminate Asia’s under-appreciated success story.

Empires of Multiplicity

Two new books give us revisionist accounts of the histories of the Holy Roman and Austrian Empires.

The State of the Arts
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Opera Americana

The Met is back with a stylish, modern Tristan und Isolde.

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A Cruelty-Free Economy?

How technology and market forces are transforming animal-based industries for the better.

Arts on the Weekend
New York’s Second Opera Is Back

The New York City Opera returns from bankruptcy with a triumphant double-bill.

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Saudi Journeys

One month in the desert kingdom isn’t enough time to learn its complexities. Even forty years might not do it.

The Middle East
The Tragedy of Modernity in the Middle East

Modernity was supposed to be a virtual synonym for tolerance and progress, but somehow things haven’t worked out that way for the region.

South Asia
Subcontinental Drift

The United States needs a powerful India, a peaceful Pakistan, and accord between the two. What are the chances?

The Human Condition
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Old Advice

Two pundits—one ancient and one modern—explore the past, present, and future of old age.

Economic History
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The End of a Dream?

America’s great age of growth is over and discontentment drives our politics. Yet there’s hope of modest economic advances, if only we clear the way.

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It Begins

Will his parliamentary majority, made up of neophyte legislators, stand by him?

Duda Blinks

Is this a tactical feint, or a principled objection to the laws passed by the legislature?

Fault Lines

The situation in Cyprus has lately tracked closely with Turkey’s attitude to the West. As relations deteriorate, watch things get uglier.

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As a minority, and a minority that historically has often been unpopular, Jews have a structural interest in the protection of minority rights.

Petrostates in Peril

Economic growth is predictably sluggish for petrostates.

American Balkanization

Pew data point to one of the core ironies of liberal politics today.

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