Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
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We the People
Even the Easy Parts Are Hard

A normal, sane legislature could fix Social Security forever and end government shutdowns in a single day. But our two-party monopoly Congress is neither normal nor sane.

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Andrew Jackson statue at Lafayette Square (Wikimedia Commons)
The Middle East & Beyond
The Tourists’ Puzzlement

How did a statue of Andrew Jackson end up at the center of Lafayette Park? There is an answer, but a story goes with it.

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A Look Back at The Front Runner
A Conversation with Gary Hart

On December 23, TAI Founding Editor Adam Garfinkle spoke with former U.S. Senator Gary Hart about the movie The Front Runner, a dramatization of his “hell week” during May 1987. Below is a lightly edited transcript of that conversation.

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History Lesson
A Jew’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

As everyone knows, the evening of December 31 is New Year’s Eve. But why is December 31 New Year’s Eve? And why is the next year the number 2019?

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Irony in Motion
Leaving Syria

We probably should not be leaving Syria. But it’s more complicated than the chatterati would have you believe.

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Khashoggigate
Coming Soon to a Hall of Mirrors Near You

What the Khashoggi Affair tells us about American journalism, politics, and policymaking in the Age of Trump.

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After Pittsburgh
Terrorism in America, Again

After the events of this past week, there can be no denying that domestic political violence is on the rise—and that the President is more interested in stoking divisions than healing them.

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The World Today
Be Afraid? Yes, But Don’t Overdo It

Should we be afraid? Yes. But we should understand that what we think we fear may not be what we really should be worrying about.

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Immigration, Polarization, and Identity Theft Fraud

Could dealing with the plague of identity theft fraud become a basis for a new, centrist effort at immigration reform?

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The Middle East & Beyond
Shocked and Surprised

The revelations of a “resistance within” the Trump Administration are surprising in their details. But what is happening now was always inherent in the idea of a Trump presidency.

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