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  • Russia’s election apathy bodes ill for the country’s future

    By turning polls into rituals of anticipatory obedience, the Kremlin has disempowered and demotivated citizens

  • Sub Snub Has Paris in a Tizzy Over AUKUS

    • Dan Baer
    • September 17, 2021
    • Foreign Policy

    The AUKUS announcement was not a slight to France or Europe—or, for that matter, to Canada, Japan, or South Korea. It strengthens the hand of all democracies in the Indo-Pacific, including the democracies that aren’t part of the arrangement.

  • It's Not All About Populism

    Despite increased threats to civil liberties, judicial independence, and civil society over the past decade, efforts to defend and rethink Europe’s democratic practices have also surged. To maintain this momentum and ultimately reverse democratic erosion, a more ambitious agenda of political reform is required.

  • China's nuclear build-up: The great distraction

    We must keep a sharp eye on China’s nuclear deployments. But we have a long head start on them and can ensure that they do not surprise us in the nuclear space. If we fail to stay focused, we may find one day that they have achieved strategic superiority with entirely new military systems that we can neither defend against nor match.

  • Lessons from Afghanistan

    America’s war in Afghanistan exhibits the danger of prolonging a combat mission past the point where its objective can be clearly defined and verifiably achieved, even when a record of success to date makes the cost of continuing into the future appear to be low.

  • 9/11: The end of the ‘forever wars’

    With the Taliban’s return, India faces a real security threat. Rudra Chaudhuri writes how it also has the opportunity to pioneer an approach rooted in humanism.

  • Two ideas defeated in Kabul

    What was defeated in Afghanistan was not just the most expensive and technologically advanced army in the world, but also two ideas that had deeply influenced the Western world. The first is that democracy can be exported, and the second is that the US military is the best in the world.

  • Biden the Realist

    Biden is certainly no radical. But after decades of foreign policy radicalism that has created a string of disasters, his approach may at least begin to revitalize the United States’ role in the world.

  • Updating the Global Refugee Regime

    The 1951 Refugee Convention is no longer suitable for today. Increased funding, strengthened enforcement mechanisms, and a new definition of refugee will help bring the global regime into the 21st century.

  • War Games Are No Game

    • Dmitri Trenin, Vygaudas Ušackas, Graham Stace
    • September 08, 2021
    • Project Syndicate

    Clashing worldviews and the introduction of dangerous new technologies and techniques of asymmetric warfare have made the global security environment increasingly fraught. With the annual season for military exercises now upon us, policymakers must take steps to mitigate the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculations.

  • Stalemate: The Main Outcome of Bolsonaro’s Day of Protest

    Tuesday’s protests across Brazil were a significant gamble by President Jair Bolsonaro. People showed up, but most wore black instead, in a sign of opposition — paving the way for Congress to get rid of him.

  • Did 9/11 Change the United States?

    But it is finally possible to say, 20 years later, that 9/11 has shattered the U.S. pretension to global indispensability. Two decades more and the United States might yet become a nation among nations, no longer lording its power over others to get what it needs.

  • China: The Ground Shakes, Is An Earthquake Coming?

    China’s party state is multiplying disciplinary and regulatory actions that amount to a top down shake up of China’s urban economy and society.

  • How America Can Win the Middle East

    If China offers a model of economic prosperity under autocratic rule, can the U.S. counter with a more positive vision—one that also considers the young generation’s aspirations for justice, rule of law, and governance?

  • The Fall

    What's going on in Tunisia, the only surviving democracy from the Arab Spring?

  • North Korea and the Proof of Nuclear Adherence

    Although the administration does not use the phrase “arms control” in describing its North Korea policy, achieving any “practical progress” would require limiting the quantitative growth and qualitative improvement of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

  • Biden’s Imperfect But Powerful Message

    President Biden clearly wanted to give a presidential speech to mark the end of America's longest war and to avoid a wonky to-do list for the challenging follow-up that might be more appropriate for a Secretary of State.

  • Can Democracy Survive the “Splinternet?”

    Autocrats have bent the internet to serve anti-democratic purposes. Can democracies halt their march?

  • After Afghanistan, Let’s Not Be Misty-eyed About the West’s Rules-based Order

    One of the great myths of the latter half of the 20th century is that humanity had in some way “succeeded” in building a “liberal international order,” underpinned by deep commitments from the most powerful Western nations on the one hand and acquiescence by non-liberal states on the other.

  • The Discourse Around Afghanistan Shows How Little the West Understands Islam

    So many of today’s public discussions about Islam and Muslims are through the lens of security, and that has led to an absence of nuance and understanding around engaging domestically with our own Muslim communities of the West.

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