Viewpoints
U.S. Department of State
Loyal to a Fault
Pompeo Should Go—and I Don’t Mean to Ukraine

Secretaries of State should be loyal to their Presidents, but Mike Pompeo has turned that virtue into a vice.

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Institutional Resilience
American Politics Change, But American Parties Endure

Don’t believe the third-party hype: 50 years from now Republicans and Democrats will still dominate American politics.

Singapore the Improbable Part IV
Overdoing It, with Chinese Characteristics

Singapore’s elite-driven, technocratic, and thoroughly paternalistic democracy has complex roots. Understanding the challenges it faces can help us better understand how the best-meaning leaders can run into trouble.

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Competing Narratives
Universal Lessons from the Battles over Ukraine’s Identity

A new collection of essays shows how Ukraine’s battles with trauma and division have lessons for us all.

Future Shock
The Worst Is Yet to Come

Fifty years after its publication, Alvin and Heidi Toffler’s Future Shock remains a valuable roadmap to understanding the technological disruptions that lie ahead.

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The Global Realignment
Bipolarity Is Back

The belief in the automatic triumph of the liberal world order has not only left the West unprepared to fight a long and grinding civilizational struggle. It has also actively harmed it.

A Win for Democracy
A Stunner in Taiwan

On the ground, among the remarkable crowds, there was nevertheless a sense of foreboding among some Taiwanese about how these elections would turn out.

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Strategic Lightweight
The Tragic Rationality of Europe’s Iran Policy

In the latest U.S.-Iran clash, the EU has acted rationally. Burned so often by American hauteur, a strategic lightweight like the EU cannot but resort to suasion, mediation, and de-escalation to evade entrapment in a conflict it cannot control.

Christopher Short
Asking the Right Questions
5G and the Fallacies of Techno-Optimism

The new wireless technology is indeed a big deal for economics and geopolitics—but the social consequences may be the most momentous.

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Grand Strategy Lesson
Why Is Russia in Syria?

To be a European great power, Russia needs to be a player in the Mediterranean—and it is gradually but steadily becoming one.

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