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The U.S. Needs a Russia Strategy Now More Than Ever

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 06:00
In the face of a growing Russian threat to the interests of the United States at home and around the globe, Washington still lacks anything resembling a grand strategy to meet it, as the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit showed.

Europe in the New Era of Great Power Competition

Tue, 17/07/2018 - 06:00
Europe is no longer immune from great power competition. It needs to reform to survive.

Family Separation and the Triumph of Cruelty

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 06:00
Sometime in 1940, an 11-year-old refugee named Yudita Nisse reached the United States on a boat from Japan. Her Latvian-Jewish family had fled Nazi Germany east across the Soviet Union; the trip to North America was to have completed their escape. But the family had no legal authorization to enter the United States, so on arrival in Seattle they were locked up as illegal immigrants. They were eventually released, and Yudita later Anglicized her first name, becoming Judith. A second name change when she married made her Judith Shklar, and by that name she became the first woman ever to receive tenure in Harvard’s government department and one of the most formidable political theorists of her generation. Shklar’s work focused on cruelty. Her ideas offer a window onto the morality of the current crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border. Cruelty, in Shklar’s conception, is the deliberate...

Brothers in Arms?

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 06:00
At their meeting in Helsinki, the two leaders could breathe new life into the fraying system of U.S.-Russian arms control and resume military-to-military cooperation. 

How Artificial Intelligence Will Reshape the Global Order

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 06:00

The debate over the effects of artificial intelligence has been dominated by two themes. One is the fear of a singularity, an event in which an AI exceeds human intelligence and escapes human control, with possibly disastrous consequences. The other is the worry that a new industrial revolution will allow machines to disrupt and replace humans in every—or almost every—area of society, from transport to the military to healthcare.

There is also a third way in which AI promises to reshape the world. By allowing governments to monitor, understand, and control their citizens far more closely than ever before, AI will offer authoritarian countries a plausible alternative to liberal democracy, the first since the end of the Cold War. That will spark renewed international competition between social systems.

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How Diplomacy With North Korea Can Work

Mon, 09/07/2018 - 06:00
A broader North Korean peace process would actually do more to ease progress on denuclearization, as well as multiple other fronts.

Letting Europe Go Its Own Way

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 06:00
The Trump administration seems to believe that allies are meant to pay and obey. When it comes to Europe, this may pose a problem.

How Trump Manipulates the Migration Debate

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 06:00
U.S. President Donald Trump has shown himself to be a master practitioner of psychological manipulation when it comes to the subject of immigration and refugee policy.

What if Mexico Stops Cooperating on Migration?

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 06:00
Washington needs to work with Mexico to form a more cooperative and comprehensive migration strategy. Otherwise, it could face a much larger flow of migrants at the southern border than it does today.

López Obrador and the Future of Mexican Democracy

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 06:00
How López Obrador chooses to enact his policies—and whether he will abide by the often frustrating institutional checks and balances within Mexico’s democratic political system—will have long lasting consequences for the contry's future.

The Real China Model

Fri, 29/06/2018 - 06:00
Western democracies do not need to fear the China model. Instead, they should worry about the widespread misinterpretation of this model by the West, the developing world, and China’s own political elites. 

Canada Confronts Cannabis

Thu, 28/06/2018 - 06:00
Canadian officials can learn from both U.S. successes and U.S. mistakes as they try to design tax, regulatory, enforcement, and public health measures in order to reap the benefits of legal marijuana while managing the very real risks.

The New Front in Yemen

Wed, 27/06/2018 - 06:00
A successful assault on the Yemen's biggest port would change the course of the war, but it could come at a steep cost.

A Trade Policy for All

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 06:00
The United States needs a new approach to trade policy, one that does more than seek to maximize overall economic growth, particularly when the benefits go disproportionately to global corporations and the wealthy.

Trump's Trade War Escalates

Mon, 25/06/2018 - 06:00
Examining what happened the last time the United States tried to bully China on trade can shed light on the likely outcome this time around.

Erdogan Wins Reelection

Mon, 25/06/2018 - 06:00
Erdogan has triumphed, but Ince showed how social democracy can succeed in Turkey.

Modinomics at Four

Fri, 22/06/2018 - 06:00
After four years in power, the Modi government has largely succeeded in addressing the economic problems that it campaigned to fix.

Reeducation Returns to China

Wed, 20/06/2018 - 06:00

In recent months, troubling details have emerged about a sprawling network of secretive political reeducation camps in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang. Both official and leaked evidence indicates that up to one million Muslims, chiefly from the Uighur minority, have been interned without legal proceedings. Ex-internees describe vast facilities that can hold nearly 6,000 persons and are heavily secured with barbed wire, surveillance systems, and armed police. Government tenders confirm these reports and provide detailed insights into the sizes and features of reeducation facilities throughout the region. Those interned are subject to intense indoctrination procedures that force them to proclaim “faith” in the Chinese Communist Party while denigrating large parts of their own religion and culture.

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Why Moderates Support Extreme Groups

Mon, 18/06/2018 - 06:00
In environments characterized by rapid political change, limited rule of law, and endemic corruption, moderate citizens have rational reasons to favor ideologically extreme groups. 

Name Dropping in the Balkans

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 06:00
One of the longest-running and also seemingly silliest disputes in the Balkans may have finally been resolved.