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Steven Pinker: Promoting a New Global Optimism

In showing that the world has never been less violent, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker is at the forefront of the new outbreak of global optimism.

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My Great-Grandfather. War Hero?

Scott Tong travels to China to discover how his great-grandfather saved the Tong family village during World War Two.

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Family Genealogies

Scott Tong travels to China with his mother to track down their family history.

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Discovering My Grandmother’s School

Scott Tong returns to China to find his grandmother’s old school in Nanchang.

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Secrets of the Tong Village

Scott Tong’s quest to find a place that may no longer even exist: The ancestral Tong family village–Fu Ma Ying.

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US Campaign Finance: Reining In America’s Oligarchs

Why can’t the U.S. follow the example of other, truly democratic nations in limiting the influence that very rich people can have on elections?

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Seven Challenges for an Asian Century

To reach its full potential, Asia will need to overcome seven key challenges in the 21st century.

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Vietnam: Memories Are Made of This – Or Maybe Not

A review of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s fascinating new book.

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Colonialism Applied to Europe: Mazower’s “Hitler’s Empire”

Mark Mazower’s “Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe” is a magisterial book.

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Golden Handcuffs: Getting Dictators To Exit

A proposal for a three-tiered system for bringing autocratic rule to a close – and reforming the ICC.

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