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Opening Up the Hermit Kingdom

Can increasing the flow of information into North Korea lead to regime change?

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Wat in the World

Aleksander Wat’s life and work stand as warning that the totalitarian temptations of the 20th century have yet to run their course.

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The Religious Fate of Secular Liberation

Michael Walzer struggles to explain the failure of secular liberation movements to overcome the religious cultures of the liberated.

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Reading Coates, Thinking Obama

Ta-Nehisi Coates has managed to write a book on America’s racial dilemmas without involving either Barack Obama or Martin Luther King, Jr. Or has he?

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Inequality’s Muse

Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt, famous for his best-selling 2005 book On Bullshit, takes on inequality.

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Consider the Apple

Novelist Julian Barnes gets it right in his new book of essays: the best way to see a painting is to look, and keep looking.

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Should America Power Down?

Ian Bremmer argues that America should tender its resignation as the world’s superpower. But becoming Clark Kent, permanently, is not sound strategy.

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Euromess

The architects of the Eurozone privileged aspirational politics over economic realities. Reality is now playing trump.

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The Suck, in So Many Words

War literature clambers over just a few tried and true thematic paths that date all the way back to Homer. But we still like it.

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Leaving Iraq

Dueling memoirs, one by Chris Hill and the other by Emma Sky, illuminate the Iraqi darkness when read together.

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AFTER ISIS

With the Iraqi government’s move to retake Kirkuk, it’s time for the U.S. to start planning for just how bad things could get.

Counting Carbon

The EIA projects US energy-related greenhouse gas emissions will continue to fall this year.

European Disunion

In forcing Catalonia to clarify its intentions on independence, Madrid is chipping away at the separatists’ facade of unity.

Development and Its Discontents

A new data dive offers mixed evidence, confirming some prevailing narratives and confounding others.

Echo Chamber Redux

Americans deserve in-depth commentary and analysis about the merits and faults of the Iran nuclear deal. They are not getting it.

Spy Games

Another disturbing chapter in the Obama-era spy wars.

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