Like many, I prefer to start my days with a jolt of news-induced panic, although I couldn’t tell you why.
Seven points about the Brazilian Presidential Election
Australia changed prime ministers for the sixth time since Howard left in 2007. How does this keep happening?
A Look to the Past Looking Forward
Where does the region go from here?
Resumption of involvement in existing hostilities.
So Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…
Because adoption and doctoral education as practiced in the United States are hallmarks of multicultural policy
There’ll be weather, whether or not.
Another trip to Qatar. Another handful of anecdotes.
Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Revisionism
Hurricane Harvey has had a devastating impact on the people of Texas. The whole country could be seeing some significant resulting changes as well.
The heat of the politics of the moment.
It is hard to decouple Obama’s presidency from my personal life, but as he spends his last day in office, I can’t help but wish he stayed longer.
What happened – and didn’t happen – in Austria.
It had to happen eventually.
With apologies to Dion
Nob discusses how pizza can explain the US attitude toward the TPP…maybe.
Some musings on Modernity and Reformation
Yes, we’re still talking about Brexit. But today it’s about more than just the politics, it’s about the racism behind Britain’s Leave vote.
Not a lot known just yet about what happened during Bastille Day celebrations on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France.
Bleak musings for your weekend
If you are a supporter of the president, his strategy makes eminent sense: Double down in those parts of the world where success is plausible, and limit America’s exposure to the rest. His critics believe, however, that problems like those presented by the Middle East don’t solve themselves—that, without American intervention, they metastasize.
Leadership, of course, means persuading citizens to go where they would rather not. A President Clinton would have to find the language to convince Americans that a deep and ongoing engagement with the world, even a very intransigent and ugly world, is in the national interest. President Obama, for all his rhetorical gifts, never made the…
Mr. Trump’s own statements lead us to conclude that as president, he would use the authority of his office to act in ways that make America less safe, and which would diminish our standing in the world. Furthermore, his expansive view of how presidential power should be wielded against his detractors poses a distinct threat…
In the outgoing dogmatic GOP, Trump’s equivocations would have earned him a place in the all-time rogues gallery of Enemies of the Jewish People, somewhere between Obama and Father Coughlin. Today, Evangelicals shrug them off and continue to vote for Trump, as they did this week in Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. Every…
I’m trying to understand the term “neoliberalism” that is often bandied about. I am interested in whether readers think I get it right here.
One expert said the system helped ensure loyalty for Clinton by creating “the illusion of inclusion.”
The conventional wisdom is that nothing can be done in Syria, but the conventional wisdom is wrong. There is a path toward ending the horror in Aleppo — a perfectly realistic path that would honor our highest ideals, a way to recover our moral standing as well as our strategic position. Operating under a NATO…
As was the case in the last century when American presidents attempted to look the other way when governments elected to slaughter their own citizens, the president can fall back on a solid wall of public and congressional disinclination toward involvement in someone else’s problem. Presidential leadership has always been the key variable in saving…
From a European perspective, this is deeply worrying. It is well known that a British departure would deal a devastating blow to European integration, possibly causing an already-fragile process to unravel.
I can confirm that the FoxNews report, which lacks any specifics about exactly what was compromised, is accurate. And what was actually in those Top Secret emails found on Hillary’s “unclassified” personal bathroom server was colossally damaging to our national security and has put lives at risk. Discussions with Intelligence Community officials have revealed that…
The desire to bring the economy into the modern world, the urge to rationalize and privatize—these are straight out of Mikhail Gorbachev’s playbook. (If you doubt this, read Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s recent Economist interview as well as Mr. Gorbachev‘s 1987 book, “Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World”—especially the section titled “On to Full-Cost…
It seems that with the exception of the French not too many Europeans are willing to fight for anything. Pacifism is on the rise in Europe and in the welfare state many are tempted to cut military spending. It was a wakeup call for American officials when they realized that some European countries continued to…
“Of course the SVR got it all,” explained a high-ranking former KGB officer to me about EmailGate (the SVR is the post-Soviet successor to the KGB’s foreign intelligence arm). “I don’t know if we’re as good as we were in my time,” he added, “but even half-drunk the SVR could get those emails, they probably…