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Walter Russell Mead
Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
Hold the Danish

When I was a young kid living in South Carolina, you would still sometimes see mule-drawn wagons on country roads.  You also saw advertisements for Burma Shave: typically a series of six to eight small road signs at short intervals with a rhymed message of some kind.  “Don’t go passing up a slope/Unless you have […]

Take Ten Years Off Your Age!

I had one of those wonderful life moments last week. I was at CNN on a Lou Dobbs panel about Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s anti-Semitic rant at the UN; heading out to the elevator I ran into E. Benjamin Skinner in the hallway. Ben is the author of A Crime So Monstrous, a book on global […]

Starting To Blog

Greetings, TAI readers and other visitors. My name is Walter Russell Mead; I’m on the editorial board at TAI and Adam Garfinkle and the editorial team have courageously and graciously offered me a platform from which to blog.This is not, quite, my first date with the internet. For the last few weeks I have participated […]

Morale Matters

After several months in which the news from Iraq has steadily if spottily improved, the time has come to think about what just a few months ago seemed unthinkable.

Faith & Progress

Anglo-American freedoms, the very sources of worldly success, are rooted in religious faith.

Sting of the WASP

Andrew Roberts has started a major bunfight with a book of history.

Old Hickory Switch

The age of Jackson is an oft-neglected chapter in American History, but three new books take up the challenge.

AI Symposium

Very little of what has happened in American foreign policy since September 11, 2001, has been in any way determined by underlying domestic pressures or constraints, much less by the character of American political culture. The extraordinary circumstances of the Twin Towers and Pentagon attacks gave President Bush great leeway to act. In the immediate […]

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Crude Economics

And it’s (almost) all Libya’s fault. It’s a bad time to be a petrostate.

Ich Spy

The hypocrisy of Germany’s outrage to NSA spying is laid bare once more.

Scientific Method

And it’s sparked an acrimonious debate amongst scientists in the process.

A Messy Divorce

A year after the referendum, the path forward on Brexit looks murkier than ever.

Death of a Generation

Environmentalists, take note.

American Balkanization

The Golden States’s self-righteous “travel ban” sets a dangerous and destructive precedent.

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