Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
States Under Stress
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Piracy on the Cyber Seas

How the disintermediation and hyperconnectivity afforded by the cyber revolution threaten the order of the commons, and thus the Westphalian state system itself.

Political Religion
The Trump Cult?

Is the movement that elected Donald Trump President of the United States a cult?

Chalk Un Up
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The President’s Possibly Shrewd Idea on North Korea

Whether accidentally or on purpose, Trump and his team may have hit on a productive new approach to dealing with the Kim regime.

An Editor's Tale
Notes on “Notes on Cost Disease”

Not long ago TAI published (online and in the print magazine) an essay by Scott Alexander called “Notes on Cost Disease.” This essay originated as an extended blog post from the author and, like a lot of blog posts, it was written in a personal, loosely structured way. The author, whose real name I came […]

Getting Serious
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Khan Sheikhoun, Shayrat Air Base, and Now What?

I wrote my first response to the U.S. cruise missile attack on Shayrat Air Base on April 7, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. EDT—in other words, about 18 hours after the attack. A great deal more has happened since, and it is in the nature of a crisis that this be so. One of the characteristics […]

The Syrian Sarin Attack
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The Meaning of Khan Sheikhoun

Assad’s sarin gas attack in Syria should surprise precisely no one, and both parties in Washington share some blame for this new crisis.

Mean World
The Television Presidency: An Epilogue

Since I wrote “The Television Presidency,” I have been noticing more examples of several points made in the essay. This is normal—it’s just the well-known cognitive phenomenon of the evoked set at work. Nearly everyone experiences this from time to time. Learn a new word or become familiar with a new pop-culture datum, for example, […]

Symbolic Speech
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Those Three Little Words (No, Not “I Love You”)

To say, or not to say, “radical Islamic terrorism”—that is the question. Again.

Mean World
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The Television Presidency

The mass media roots of Trump, his movement, and his detractors.

Out Like Flynn
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Field of Fright

It’s hard to think of a worse fit for the job of National Security Advisor than Michael Flynn—and that assessment has nothing to do with any of his alleged contacts with Russian officials.

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Daily Feed
Hugging the News Cycle
German Election Watch

Polls in Germany show strong support for Merkel and the status quo—but storm clouds loom beyond Sunday’s elections.

Crude Economics

The UK’s most important energy resource is on the rebound.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As Myanmar cracks down on the Rohingya and the West wags fingers, Beijing sees an opportunity.

The Ethanol Expansion

Corn ethanol may be a good fit for China, but it’s still a disastrous policy here in the United States.

Land of the Rising Gun

As North Korea’s missiles fly over Japan, the debate about Tokyo’s defense posture is heating up.

Russia and the West

NATO is alarmed about Moscow’s major military exercises with Belarus—but too much panic could play right into Russia’s hands.

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