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Jakub Grygiel
Ancient Wisdom
In the Balance
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Fear and the Logic of Alliances

How much should the U.S. rely on its overseas allies to contain distant threats?

US and Russia
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The Temptation of a “Grand Bargain”

The temptation to strike a bargain with a great-power rival is one the Romans knew, too. We should resist it.

2017
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Make America’s Allies Great Again

Trump should learn from the Obama Administration’s mistakes and bet on the friends we already have.

New World Disorder
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The Dangerous Idiocy of Global Leadership

The first obligation of leadership is to one’s own people. The international elite have forgotten that, and end up serving no one but themselves.

After Empire
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The Stages of Grief at the Frontier

Or, how to survive when your empire dissolves.

Order and Chaos
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Barbarians, War, and Saint Augustine

Political orders, even fragile, imperfect ones, are worth defending from those who would wreck them.

The Revisionists
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Predators on the Frontier

America’s rivals are probing U.S. defenses across the globe.

Risk Analysis
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Caesellius Bassus and the “Right Side of History”

The dangers of believing in the myth of Progress.

Ancient Wisdom
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When Deterrence Fails

Deterrence isn’t a sure thing even in the best of circumstances—and for the West these are not the best of circumstances.

Nolo Contendere
The Danger of Not Competing

Withdrawing from a contest isn’t always cost free. Allies are always watching.

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Duda Blinks

Is this a tactical feint, or a principled objection to the laws passed by the legislature?

Fault Lines

The situation in Cyprus has lately tracked closely with Turkey’s attitude to the West. As relations deteriorate, watch things get uglier.

right-wing PC

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.

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