Damir Marusic
Executive Editor
The Dangers of Democratic Determinism

Why neoconservatives, liberal internationalists, and democracy activists are misreading the present moment.

Correcting Conventional Wisdom
Strictly Speaking, Populists Do Not Exist

Populism is a means of doing politics, not an ideology. Getting this simple fact wrong leads well-meaning people down dangerous, anti-democratic paths.

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Faustian Bargain
To End Foreign Meddling, End Anonymity

Democratic sovereignty, free speech, perfect anonymity: pick two.

No Going Back
The End of Liberalism?

Democracy is doing just fine at this populist moment. Liberalism, however, is being destroyed by its most fervent supporters.

Parsing the President
The “New” Afghanistan Strategy

It’s a lot like the old Afghanistan strategy, but with Trumpian characteristics.

Identity Politics Unleashed
Charlottesville and Our Crisis of Political Legitimacy

The Republic is in bad shape—not because of Charlottesville, but because of how our politics are playing out in its aftermath.

news analysis
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Report: Ukraine Sold Rocket Technology to North Korea

The story is less who made the sale, but that the sale happened at all.

How Obama’s Weakness Encouraged Russian Election Meddling

From the mysterious death of Mikhail Lesin in Washington DC to the assault on an American in front of our embassy in Moscow, President Obama was very careful in calibrating his responses to Russian provocations throughout 2016. Too careful.

Junior's Russia Meetings
All The Dots, Connected

A look at the networks connecting the various Russians attending Donald Trump, Jr.’s notorious meeting shows us just what the Russian state is—and what it wants.

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Bad Tsar/Good Boyars
The Paradoxes of Trump’s Russia Strategy

Donald Trump’s cabinet has managed to construct a pretty sound approach to Russia—perhaps despite the Commander in Chief.

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