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Hard Truths in Syria

With the impending troop reductions decreed by Trump, Washington must lower its sights in Syria. It should focus on protecting only two interests: preventing ISIS from coming back and stopping Iran from establishing a fortified military presence there that might threaten Israel.

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Spies, Lies, and Algorithms

Russian social media meddling in the 2016 U.S. election should serve as a wake-up call:U.S. intelligence community must shift its focus from counterterrorism to a suite of new technological threats, from AI to deepfakes and disinformation warfare.

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This Time Is Different

It is tempting to pin the degradation of U.S. foreign policy on Trump, but the erosion ofAmerican power predated him by a good long while.

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The Truth About American Unemployment

Fears of a ‘jobless recovery‘ have proved unfounded: the U.S. unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis of 2008. Yet one aspect of the labor market has stubbornly refused to budge: the labor-force participation rate. Bold policies can improve how the U.S. labor market functions and help more Americans obtain higher-paying jobs.

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Why North Korea Is Testing Missiles Again

In the wake of the Hanoi summit‘s failure, Pyongyang‘s renewed commitment to testing missilescould portend a turn back to a confrontation between the United States and North Korea.

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Demystifying Belt and Road

Facing a global outcry over BRI, Beijing is now shifting gears from a hazily defined BRI 1.0 to a more fine-tuned BRI 2.0.

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Irans Durable Revolution

Four years after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini‘s triumphant return to Teheran, Iran‘s Islamic Revolution has defied the doom-sayers. It has weathered a series of convulsions, any of which might have brought down weaker regimes. The failure of the provisional government of Mehdi Bazargan stripped the middle class intelligentsia and bazaar merchants of power and influence, and deprived the regime of much-needed technocratic expertise. The

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Austerity With Chinese Characteristics

With austerity the reigning buzzword in Beijing, it‘s tempting to assume that China is finally joining the West‘s ongoing debate about macroeconomics. In reality, China‘s leaders are drawing on a vastly different intellectual history.

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American Hustle

Donald Trump and the Mueller report are x-rays, revealing much of what has gone awry in American politics and society in recent years.

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Congress and the Making of American Foreign Policy

The problem of the control of foreign policy has been a perennial source of anguish for democracies. The idea of popular government hardly seems complete if it fails to embrace questions of war and peace. Yet the effective conduct of foreign affairs appears to demand, as Tocqueville argued long ago, not the qualities peculiar to a democracy but "on the contrary, the perfect use of almost all those in which it is deficient" Steadfastness in a cour

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Remembering Richard Lugar

Susan Rice remembers her friend Richard Lugar.

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The Price of Peace in Northern Ireland

‘Say Nothing‘ tells the stories of the Troubles‘ victims and perpetrators.

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A Path to War With Iran

Should Iran leave the JCPOA entirely, expand its nuclear program even gradually, or sponsor direct or proxy attacks on U.S. troops, the United States will be confronted with only two choices-a humiliating climb-down or the use of military force.

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A Russian-Chinese Partnership Is a Threat to U.S. Interests

Russia and China may never forge a formal military alliance, but they could still work together in ways that cause major headaches for the United States.

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Mexico‘s New President Turns Back the Clock on Democracy

Will AMLObe able to achieve his visionary aims without returning Mexico to its undemocratic past?

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Game of Thrones as History

Actual medieval life was boring. What gives George R.R. Martin‘s blockbuster fantasy series its spark is not historical accuracy but rather the author‘s imagination.

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Game of Thrones as Theory

HBO‘s hit seriesGame of Thronesis really a parable about the disastrous consequences of unchecked realpolitik.

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The Muslim Brotherhood Is Not a Terrorist Organization

If Trump succeeds in designating the Muslim BrotherhoodaForeign Terrorist Organization, it willhurt the United States‘ ability to fight actual terrorists.

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