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The Real Origins of Realpolitik

An allegedly illiberal idea—and its liberal father.

The Four Faces of the Republican Party

A deep look at the key GOP factions and how successful primary candidates navigate them.

Fracking Won't Bring Energy Independence

America is making its energy supply more secure—but we can't untie ourselves from the global energy market.

Say Goodbye to Taiwan

Time is running out for the little island coveted by its gigantic, growing neighbor.

The GOP's Identity Crisis

Can the Republican Party reinvent itself?

Low-Tech Terrorism

We fear weapons of mass destruction in terrorist hands. Yet the greater danger continues to from terrorists' older tools—the gun and the bomb.

China's Near-Seas Challenges

A threat to stability—for now.

Inglorious Revolutions

Revolutions rarely produce stable democracies and human rights overnight—and it's foolish to expect otherwise.

Tinker, Tailor, Leaker, Spy: The Future Costs of Mass Leaks

The Manning and Snowden revelations have provoked a necessary conversation about liberty and security. But their mass disclosures harm America's intelligence partnerships and the trust of potential sources.

In Defense of Kissinger

The Blood Telegram gets America's reaction to the 1971 South Asia crisis wrong.

America Unhinged

The "most secure great power in world history" continues to engage in costly interventions to defend merely peripheral interests.

The Next American Majority

Our policy of demographic revolution—and its potentially profound economic and social effects.

The Decline and Fall of France

France's ruinous economic policies could see its influence in the European Union supplanted by Germany's.

China: Superpower or Superbust?

Beijing faces new challenges after impressive decades. 

Dodd-Frank: Money Never Sleeps

A bloated reform that won't prevent another financial crisis—and might even trigger a fresh one.

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April 17, 2014