“Trumping” the World: Rising Powers Eye a Post-American Global Order

As the U.S. steps back from shaping the world order, there is no reason to despair. It presents a historic opportunity for regional powers to fill the vacuum.

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U.S. Democracy and the Age of American Impotence

Yet another school shooting. U.S. democracy has devolved into a kabuki show. No real reform, no matter how pressing, ever gets done.

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Trump and Erdogan’s Blind Spot

Black Sea falls by the wayside in impeachment controversy.

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Poland’s Catholic Neo-Communists

PiS aims to create a repressive, homogeneous society not much different from the late unlamented Polish People’s Republic — albeit in the name of Jesus Christ, not Karl Marx.

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Putin’s Oligarchs and Yeltsin’s Oligarchs: All the Same?

The Putin oligarchs are billionaires who serve at the discretion of the state. The original Yeltsin-type oligarchs owned the state.

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Battleground Ukraine: Trump Vs. the State Department

Reflections on the art of diplomacy.

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Erdogan and ISIS

Trump should not fall for the Turkish president’s public relations stunts.

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Thirty Years After the Wall Fell: Part 3 — The Balkans

How the market economy changed lives: East Europeans assess 30 years of freedom.

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Freedom Reborn: Witnessing German Reunification

The fall of the Berlin Wall signaled a rebirth of freedom, liberating millions who had been trapped for two generations on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain.

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Thirty Years After the Wall Fell: Part 2 — Central Europe

How the market economy changed lives: East Europeans assess 30 years of freedom.

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