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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.

U.S.-Israel Relations
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Terms of Estrangement

An insider’s account of the Obama Administration’s rocky relationship with Israel gives pointers on how the relationship might be conducted in the future.

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.

Narcos
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Cocaine’s Trail of Blood

Tracking the cocaine trade back to its heart in Colombia.

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.

Instrumental History
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Tighten Up the Hide

Laurent Dubois’s history of the banjo is a worthy contribution, even if it strikes a few discordant notes.

Islam and Diversity
The Moroccan Difference

How four men—three Muslims and a Jew—represent Morocco in all its complexity.

21st century troubles
The Second Nuclear Age Updated

We’ve slipped into a second nuclear age, though most of the West hasn’t noticed. This one is a lot more complicated and a lot less stable.

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Pressuring Pyongyang

An analysis of their trade flows suggests so.

RIP

We are greatly saddened here at The American Interest to hear about the death of our friend, colleague, and mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

China's Big Money Diplomacy

China wants to help Egypt construct a new capital—but can they follow through?

social norms

The President’s assault on P.C. was at least partly successful. That is both good and bad.

Alliances and Allies

It’s time our allies, and our foreign policy establishment, engage with our President’s worldview on its own terms.

Minya Attack

28 Copts killed in point-blank attack on pilgrims.

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