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Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
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.

Trumpian Strategy Options
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Same World, Lonely World, Cold World

Trump’s decisions will set the available strategic menu for every other country in the world.

Inauguration Day
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A Case of Schizophrenic Fear

Should we wish Trump a successful presidency?

UNSCR 2334
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Resolution Convolutions

What the UN Security Council vote and the U.S. abstention mean—and what they don’t mean.

A Holiday in Poetry and Prose
Hanukology

The story of Hanukah—the “Sunday School” version, and what really happened.

The End of Ideology—This Time for Real
The Anti-Cold War

For the first time in history, a U.S. foreign policy shorn of American idealism seems not only possible, but probable. How did this happen?

Coming Soon to a White House Near You
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Donald Trump’s Excellent Middle East Adventure

With Trump’s ignorance of the region qualifying as encyclopedic, confusion cannot be far behind.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Death of a Generation

Environmentalists, take note.

American Balkanization

The Golden States’s self-righteous “travel ban” sets a dangerous and destructive precedent.

Up in the air

The much-criticized fighter jet program now appears to be a stealthy success story.

The French Will Be French

Emmanuel Macron has a large mandate on paper to push through far-reaching reforms in France, but the relatively low turnout and the threat of strikes and protests from unions opposed to what he campaigned on appear to be pushing him towards protectionism.

Power Play

Fuel trucks roll into Gaza from Egypt, keeping Hamas’ electricity running despite attempts by Abbas and the PA to shut it down.

Obamacare Repeal

The Democratic line of attack against the law is powerful—but it also highlights Obamacare’s underperformance.

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