Culture in America
The Meaning of the Super Bowl

In the age of drones, football is war between individual men.

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Institutional Resilience
American Politics Change, But American Parties Endure

Don’t believe the third-party hype: 50 years from now Republicans and Democrats will still dominate American politics.

Resilience and Fragility
Will the American Global Order Survive Donald Trump?

Almost certainly it will—for now. But Donald Trump is not the sole cause of its recent travails, and its long-term perpetuation is anything but assured.

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When The Facts Change...
Japan Confronts a Nuclear Future

The attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki made Japan deeply averse to nuclear weapons. Now, amid growing security concerns, it may abandon that aversion.

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Chronic Cronyism
The Age of the Whistleblower

In the complicated post-industrial society of the United States, it may not be possible to downsize the government—which means the future for whistleblowing looks bright.

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What To Do About Iran
An Eye-For-An-Eye Response

A limited aerial attack on Iranian oil facilities would signal to the mullahs—and the world—that the United States will match Iranian attacks but not go beyond them.

Anglo-American Relations
The Protracted Handover

The United States and Great Britain ultimately traded places after WWII. But the hand-off was much messier than is often acknowledged.

The Mayor Boris Johnson in Tooting, South London, Thursday November 24, 2011. Photo by Andrew Parsons/ Parsons Media
BoJo Takes Over
The Brexit Nightmare

Boris Johnson is Prime Minister. The prognosis still looks bleak for Brexit.

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India at the Polls
Democracy à la Modi?

After a convincing win in last month’s elections, the question is whether Narendra Modi and his BJP are becoming entrenched political fixtures, or whether India’s rambunctious democracy will soon turn on the incumbents.

Prevention & Adaptation
Bet on Climate Change, Not the Green New Deal

Climate change is a real and serious threat. How to tackle it, however, is far from obvious.

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