Michael Mandelbaum
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Anglo-American Relations
The Protracted Handover

The United States and Great Britain ultimately traded places after WWII. But the hand-off was much messier than is often acknowledged.

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The Mayor Boris Johnson in Tooting, South London, Thursday November 24, 2011. Photo by Andrew Parsons/ Parsons Media
BoJo Takes Over
The Brexit Nightmare

Boris Johnson is Prime Minister. The prognosis still looks bleak for Brexit.

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India at the Polls
Democracy à la Modi?

After a convincing win in last month’s elections, the question is whether Narendra Modi and his BJP are becoming entrenched political fixtures, or whether India’s rambunctious democracy will soon turn on the incumbents.

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Prevention & Adaptation
Bet on Climate Change, Not the Green New Deal

Climate change is a real and serious threat. How to tackle it, however, is far from obvious.

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Democratizing Democracy
What We Know About Peace

It seems safe to say that the political transformations of Russia, China, and Iran into stable democracies would do more to make Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East zones of peace than any other development.

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The Real Authoritarian Challenge
Corruption Is the New Communism

It’s not an ideology, but it’s a threat all the same.

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The Euro at 20
Europe’s Self-Inflicted Disaster

The euro’s prospects for the future are dismal. But right now, abandoning the currency is a political dead-end.

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Xi's Power Play
Revolution in China. Again.

Unpacking the murky motives for Xi Jinping’s Chinese revolution.

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2019
The Trump Presidency, Year Two

A weak president with a talent for creating a spectacle finishes the year more free to be himself, for better and for worse.

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Small Nations
Estonia and the Kindness of Strangers

Estonia has expertly played the hand it has been given by history, building a model small democratic nation in the 20th century. But its size and geography mean its fate is still not in its own hands.

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