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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?

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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.

Who Is This Guy?

One year into his first term, we pretty much knew where a new President was located on the classical ideological axes of American foreign policy: internationalism vs. nationalism, realpolitik (Nixon, George H.W. Bush) vs. idealpolitik (Jimmy Carter). Within internationalism, there has always been an additional distinction: exemplarism vs. interventionism. Would America shine by example and […]

The God Gap

Few differences between Europe and the United States have proven as enduring as the “religion gap.” Almost 200 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in Democracy in America: “On my arrival, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention.” And then he noticed something more astounding: “In France I […]

Security Über Alles

Notes from a travelin’ man.

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