Viewpoints
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?

An Older Rupture
In Search of Lost Time

The endless loop of lockdown highlights something we had lost long before coronavirus: our sense of past, present, and future.

Seeing Straight on China
The Building Blocks of a China Strategy

In 1947, we could afford to give containment a try. Today, a defensive stance will not cut it.

What Next? Two Scenarios
The Coronavirus Test for Russia

Coronavirus has exposed the inadequacies of Russia’s top-down system. Here are a couple of scenarios for how it will fare in the months ahead.

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