Viewpoints
Broken Promises
The End of Hong Kong As We Knew It

“One country, two systems” was always unstable. Now it is beginning to disintegrate.

After Autonomy
Thinking Clearly on Hong Kong

Beijing believes it has accurately priced in whatever policies the United States may enact in reaction to its recent moves. It’s time to plan our next moves with in what is likely to be a long struggle for freedom throughout China.

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Certain Truths in Uncertain Times
To Beat COVID-19, Science Needs the Humanities

Right now, the scientists and public health authorities are running the show, as they should. Yet the humanities can reveal to them some traps they might do well to avoid.

Singapore the Improbable VII
Stereotypes In Stereo

Business, money, food, and anxiety: all areas where there is similarity, if not identity, between diasporic Jews and Chinese.

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Religion and Politics
The Dalai Lama as Spiritual Leader

Alexander Norman’s new biography lifts the veil on the Dalai Lama’s spiritual role, showing how it has informed both his political efforts and the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to exploit controversies within Tibetan Bhuddism.

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The Death of Expertise
The Pandemic Politicized

There isn’t a liberal or conservative way to fight a pandemic. Why do we act as if it’s otherwise?

Checking China
The Case for Clarity on Taiwan

Our policy of “strategic ambiguity”—in which neither China nor Taiwan can be sure whether the United States will intervene in a conflict—has outlived its usefulness.

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Europe's China Blindspot
No, We Can’t Just Get Along

To partner with a predator is to surrender. Some European diplomats are playing a dangerous game.

European Disunion
Why Transatlantic Relations Are In Trouble

It’s not solely or even mostly Trump; it’s the EU’s inability to get its act together.

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No to Nukes?
The German Left’s New Nuclear Freak-Out

After 50 years, the Social Democrats want to sabotage Berlin’s role in NATO’s nuclear deterrent force by invoking wild-eyed Donald Trump. But who wants to part with America’s strategic umbrella?

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