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Eye of the Storm
Succession Politics in Post-Merkel Germany

While Europe’s key powers—Britain, France and Italy—are succumbing to the populists in the streets and in parliament, Germany is the default anchor of continuity and stability.

The Iceman Cometh

Why dismantling the Pax Americana will not make the United States strong again—nor make the world safer.

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Of Munich and Davos
Bavarian Beer and Globalization

Why are ordinary folks willing to spend $13.50 for a mug of beer, and why are the grandees of global business willing to drop half a million for a “strategic partnership” with the World Economic Forum? The answers are not so far apart.

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Decline Time in America
America, the Forever Has-Been

Predictions of America’s inevitable decline are like repertory theater, put on stage once every decade since the 1950s. For all his arrogance and nastiness, Donald Trump may flummox the doomsayers again.

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Fool's Gold
A Report From The Trade Wars

In a trade war, one folly begets the next. The Trump Administration’s tariffs are a prime example.

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The Great Unraveling, Cont’d

Donald Trump’s upcoming schmooze fest with Vladimir Putin at their July 16 summit confirms Europe’s worst fears: No. 45 really does want to wreck the American-built global order.

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Mission: Kimpossible

Kim Jong-un may promise Donald Trump the moon when the two meet on Singapore’s Santosa Island. But he won’t deliver. History provides some key clues why North Korea will not part with its nukes.

Sciences Po
Pierre Hassner, 1933-2018

Polymath and public intellectual, Hassner was a towering figure in international relations.

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Strategy and Policy
Let’s Dance the Machiavelli

Some unsolicited advice for America’s Prince, Donald Trump: Ignore the whining “globalists.” So what if your policies cost jobs and batter America’s standing? Go with the Florentine maestro of hardball politics: it’s better to be feared than loved.

April Fools
Donald Trump’s Not-So-Grand Strategy

The President committed a double folly this week: starting a trade war against China while pleasing Russia and Iran with a promised pull-out from Syria.

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