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Learning to Love Kim's Bomb

Wed, 03/10/2018 - 06:00
North Korea's nuclear arsenal may be more opportunity than threat. 

How Russia and China Undermine Democracy

Tue, 02/10/2018 - 06:00
Both Russia and China view weakening Western democracy as a means of enhancing their own standing.

Nuclear Deals and Double Standards

Tue, 02/10/2018 - 06:00
Trump is putting the global nonproliferation regime at risk.

The Decline and Fall of Brazil’s Political Establishment

Mon, 01/10/2018 - 06:00
After watching politicians of nearly every mainstream party be caught in corruption scandals, Brazilian voters are willing to rebel against a dysfunctional system.

Mexico’s New President Needs a Better Solution to Criminal Violence

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 06:00
When Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office as Mexico’s president in December, his biggest challenge will be to stanch the escalating problem of criminal violence. 

Stop Obsessing About China

Fri, 21/09/2018 - 06:00

The United States is a deeply polarized nation, yet one view increasingly spans the partisan divide: the country is at imminent risk of being overtaken by China. Unless Washington does much more to counter the rise of its biggest rival, many argue, it may soon lose its status as the world’s leading power. According to this emerging consensus, decades of U.S. investment and diplomatic concessions have helped create a geopolitical monster. China now boasts the world’s largest economy and military, and it is using its growing might to set its own rules in East Asia, hollow out the U.S. economy, and undermine democracy around the globe. In response, many Democrats and Republicans agree, the United States must ramp up its military presence in Asia, slap tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese goods, and challenge China’s influence worldwide.

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Climate Change Is a Chronic Condition

Tue, 18/09/2018 - 06:00
Managing the impacts of climate change requires a fundamentally different approach from the way most policymakers currently think about the issue.

The Right Way to Achieve Security in Space

Mon, 17/09/2018 - 06:00
For Washington, space security depends at least as much on international cooperation as it does on national dominance.

The Crisis Next Time

Thu, 13/09/2018 - 06:00
It shouldn’t have taken policymakers as long as it did to relearn what they should have already known about financial crises.

The Financial Crisis Is Still Empowering Far-Right Populists

Thu, 13/09/2018 - 06:00
Financial crises empower right-wing populists. The crash of 2008 was worse than usual.

Iraq's Next War

Thu, 13/09/2018 - 06:00
Another conflict may be coming in Iraq. This time, it will be between the powerful, resource-rich, and battle-hardened Shiite rival factions that dominate the government.

Do Palestinians Still Support the Two-State Solution?

Wed, 12/09/2018 - 06:00
Seen through the prism of public opinion, the two-state solution is clearly not dead. But the continued construction of Israeli settlements is making it seem unfeasible, and damaging its popularity. 

Has Austria Found the Answer to Right-Wing Populism?

Tue, 11/09/2018 - 06:00
Austria's example shows that any check on populist parties for the time being needs to come from the center-right.

Is Automation Really to Blame for Lost Manufacturing Jobs?

Fri, 07/09/2018 - 06:00
In the first decade of this century, the U.S. manufacturing sector shed jobs at an alarming and unprecedented rate. That coincided with a surge in imports, weak growth in exports, and a yawning trade deficit. The sharp job losses in manufacturing helped keep employment growth weak and labor force participation low.  During the 2016 presidential election, both Republican candidate Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders blamed trade and globalization. That message helped propel Trump to the presidency. But most economists dismissed it, arguing that automation was to blame. Media reports often take this view as fact. In late 2016, for example, New York Times reporter Binyamin Appelbaum wrote, “From an economic perspective . . . there can be no revival of American manufacturing, because there has been no collapse. Because of automation, there are far fewer jobs in factories.” Yet this view...

Is the Taliban Prepared to Make Peace?

Fri, 07/09/2018 - 06:00
For the last six months, Afghanistan has felt the stirring of something rare: if not peace, then the promise of its pursuit. President Ashraf Ghani invited the Taliban into negotiations without preconditions in February. Islamic scholars and Afghanistan’s neighbors rallied behind that offer in the subsequent months, while sit-ins, marches, and demonstrations broke out across Afghanistan, calling for an end to the country’s chronic conflict. For the first time in 40 years, the warring parties observed a nationwide cease-fire over three jubilant days in June. The vital question throughout this period has been whether the Taliban insurgency is actually open to making peace. The group has sent mixed signals this summer—agreeing, on one hand, to the June cease-fire, as well as restarting direct talks with the United States, but all the while continuing its years-long refusal to negotiate...

Europe Is Making Its Migration Problem Worse

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 06:00
European development aid is unlikely to stem the flow of people crossing the Mediterranean. Instead, it will deepen authoritarian patterns of governance across North Africa and the Sahel. 

Toward a Neo-Progressive Foreign Policy

Tue, 04/09/2018 - 06:00
In foreign policy, progressives are adrift, caught between dated paradigms that have not yet come to terms with the current geopolitical moment.

The Science of CRISPR

Wed, 29/08/2018 - 18:00
The Gene-Editing Revolution

John McCain and the Meaning of Courage

Wed, 29/08/2018 - 06:00
The late U.S. Senator John McCain's life was one marked by courage, empathy, pride, and determination.

South Africa’s Misrepresented Land Debate

Wed, 29/08/2018 - 06:00
The “land question” in South Africa is a powerful symbol of the failures of post-apartheid democracy to adequately address the structural roots of poverty and racialized inequality.