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Globalization

The Mythical Liberal Order

A cooperative, law-based international system remains an aspiration, not a reality.

A World in Transformation

The world we know is changing. The result is an uneasy mixture of the traditional Westphalian state system and the forces of globalization. Until we find a balance between them, this is a recipe for drift, transition and increasing chaos.

Deepwater Horizon

The Macondo oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is about to spur a bureaucratic overreaction that will ruin America's chance at becoming an energy exporter.

Conservative Nation

Declarations of conservatism's demise after the 2008 election were greatly exaggerated. As the opposition, American conservatives are in their element—can they draw upon their intellectual tradition to solve what ails America?

If Israel Attacks

As things stand, if Iran continues on its path toward obtaining the bomb, Israel will strike, and the consequences would be disastrous for the entire world. Here's how America can convince Israel to live with a nuclear Iran.

St. Peter and the Minarets

The Catholic Church is under assault. A secularizing West, the encroachment of Islam into Europe, and the sexual-abuse scandal all threaten the Vatican's ability to influence the masses. The Church's response will be felt worldwide.

Commentary

Drafting a Free-Trade Constitution

The TTIP and TPP talks will shape the scope of what's meant by "free trade."

Obama Fiddles, Globalization Burns

The administration is howling about top tax rates while the risk of currency and trade wars increases.

The Revolt of the Political Man

Washington and Wall Street, the euro and the ECB have ruled for too long. Citizens are throwing off the golden straitjacket and reclaiming their voice.

Books & Reviews

Have Gun, Will Travel

The story of the AK-47 reads like a Stalinist myth. Whether it's true or not, the gun is a sure sign of humanity's penchant for violent solutions to conflict.

Qutb and the Jews

The conventional wisdom says Sayyid Qutb is the forefather of modern-day Islamic fundamentalism. What is less known is how the thinker's intense anti-Semitism and contempt for female sexuality contributed to this vulgar worldview.

A Warrior Ethos

Counterinsurgency is not a cure-all. Local allegiances will always trump the might of the invader. Washington’s insistence that the troops turn Kabul into a functioning democracy will only erode the military's fighting spirit.

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April 17, 2014