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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.

Illiberality
Déclassé: Nothing New Under the Sun

Can we learn anything from past rounds of technological disruption and mass downward socio-economic mobility?

Bioengineering
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The Age of Designer Plagues

The growing ease of genetically modifying bacteria and viruses presages real trouble ahead.

The Future of the GOP
An Organized Hypocrisy

Party politics has always involved considerable hypocrisy, but the modern Republican Party has taken it to a new level.

The Political Economy of Illiberality
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Technoglobalism and Its Discontents

The economic roots of populist rage.

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Why Ohio?

Ohio is a likely bellwether of the outcome of 2016. Its history explains why.

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War in Peace

Cyberspace has brought about an era of persistent confrontation.

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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.

2016
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A Tale of Two Insurgencies

Trump triumphed, Sanders didn’t—but Bernie might have the last laugh.

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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.

Rage Against the Machine

The Palestinians want international sympathy. But rioting over metal detectors after a terrorist attack seems more likely to draw international contempt.

Revolution

A Schlumberger surge is a good sign for the health of the U.S. shale industry.

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