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Mo Yan's Delicate Balancing Act

China's Nobel-winning writer has been heavily criticized for being too close to the regime. Yet a close reading of his work shows he's far more complicated than his critics think.

Chinese Nationalism and Its Discontents

China must choose between kowtowing to domestic nationalism and submitting to a peaceful rise. Lately, nationalist belligerence has ruled the day. Washington is overreacting, encircling China. A latent rivalry ratchets up to dangerous levels.

Dollars & Sense

Pundits across the political spectrum have been busy making pronouncements about the “real” financial and political costs of the war in Iraq. Most of them are just blowing smoke. In TNI’s Realist, Grover Norquist and Dov Zakheim separate fact from

Cell Phones in the Hindu Kush

Al-Qaeda’s resurgent and it’s putting itself back together on the Afghan-Pakistan border. How are U.S. efforts stacking up? A trip to the region.

All the World's A Stage: America's Image in the Muslim World

"Simply put, America’s image in much of the Muslim world remains abysmal." With the deepening and unrelenting challenges we face in the Middle East, how much has America’s image in the Muslim world declined?

The Friend of My Enemy

The road to a solution for America’s Iran problem runs through Moscow. How to think about the costs—and benefits.

Commentary

Will Syria Kill the Asia Rebalance?

It's not as simple as you might think.

China's Syria Connection

The PRC continues to back Assad.

Can U.S.-Chinese Relations Be Saved?

Empty bromides. Pretend progress. It is the failure that dare not speak its name.

Blogs

The Ticking Taiwan Time Bomb

China and Taiwan may be quiet now—but it's the calm before the storm.

Drifting Into Trouble in the Western Pacific

Hillary Clinton has once again waded into controversy between Beijing and Tokyo.

Taiwan's Weapons, America's Defense

To improve U.S. security versus China, sell Taiwan the arms it needs.

Books & Reviews

Mo Yan's Delicate Balancing Act

China's Nobel-winning writer has been heavily criticized for being too close to the regime. Yet a close reading of his work shows he's far more complicated than his critics think.

Zakaria's Complaint

It's a mistake, argues Fareed Zakaria, to conflate constitutional liberalism with democracy. It's a mistake, says Thomas Carothers, to exaggerate the extent to which that mistake actually characterizes U.S. policy.

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April 19, 2014