Jakub Grygiel
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Two Princes

Unlike Machiavelli’s The Prince, Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince isn’t usually on reading lists for policymakers and international relations scholars. But it should be.

When Deterrence Fails
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The Weak Attack The Strong

Russia may be difficult to deter at this point, with a highly motivated, overconfident and dismissive Putin believing that nothing can stand in his way.

Conrad's Counsel
The Russian Autocrat’s Eternal Return

For the Western political observer, Russia judged by common metrics always seems on the verge of being a spent force. As Joseph Conrad reminds us, Russia never seems to vanish from the map, and remains a font of imperialism and war.

Reacting to Russia
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Stand Up or Sit Down

Putin believes that the West is decadent, weak and divided. The West needs to prove him wrong.

The Ties That Used to Bind
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The MOOC Fraud

You can’t consume an education; you can only earn it.

The Vulnerability of Peripheries

The United States must disprove the thesis of its decline, now being tested in three global hingepoints.

Vacuum Wars

Failed states cause more than just humanitarian problems and terrorism; they’re potential flashpoints for great power wars as well.

The Diplomacy Fallacy

Diplomacy cannot create the conditions for its own success.

Empires and Barbarians

Pre- and postmodern “barbarians” have much in common, with sobering implications for U.S. strategy and the War on Terror.

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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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