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Making America Small Again
Donald Trump and the Future of U.S. Power

The President underestimates the unique genius of postwar American grand strategy: that by serving others’ interests, the United States has also served its own.

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The Relentless Decline of Social Democracy in the West

Throughout Europe and the United States, the moderate Left has increasingly become a victim of its own past success.

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Chaos City

Summit spectaculars, riot hipsters, and the terror tactics of protest.

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In Memoriam
Helmut Kohl (1930-2017)

Kings get monuments when they die. Democratic leaders usually slink off into obscurity once they are out. Helmut Kohl deserves the former fate.

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The Transatlantic Alliance
Europe Faces the Demolition Man

Behind the harsh rhetoric about freeloading allies, is Trump a Transatlanticist at heart?

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2017
Trump: A World Deconstructed?

If the 45th President makes good on his campaign promises, the 46th President will be the one called upon to “make America great again.”

America Self-Contained? A Symposium
Obama’s “Greta Garbo Moment”

The leader of the world’s only superpower just “wants to be alone.” Part of the symposium: “America Self-Contained?

The Canard of Decline

Prophesying doom for America is a hearty perennial with many uses. A fifth wave of declinism in as many decades is now rising.

After the Election

In Germany, 91 percent of the electorate would have voted for Obama. This comes close to the “Enver Hoxha Standard”, the 98 percent regularly won by Albania’s eternal dictator in the Soviet days. Barack Obama’s harvest in Germany is the mother of all landslides, rendered even more awesome by the miniscule 4 percent Mitt Romney […]

Declinism’s Fifth Wave

Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum's That Used to Be Us fights the latest upsurge of American declinism to a draw.

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