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Trump and Trade

Irwin M. Stelzer

There are worse things than protectionism...

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German Investors Return to Russia

Walter Russell Mead

A troubled European business climate has German money looking for a new home in Russia....

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The Big American Question

Walter Russell Mead

Just a few weeks ago, the press was hailing the glories of the Obama economic recovery; now that the election is over, a darker picture is emerging....

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Mr. Trump, Please Act Quickly to Help Iraqi Christians on the Brink of Extinction

Nina Shea

Iraq’s Christian genocide survivors are hanging on with hope and the help of a fraying thread of private aid....

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Trump's Warning To Boeing Doesn’t Stop With Air Force One

Lee Smith

Boeing stands to rake in cash from the Iran Deal. But the Trump Administration poses serious concerns for investors....

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Will Trump and Netanyahu Make the America-Israel Relationship Great Again?

Lee Smith

PEOTUS is stacking his cabinet with friends of the Jewish State, but the geopolitical realities may complicate his Middle East policy...

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Draining the Swamp? Start With the Crocodiles.

Nate Sibley

Donald Trump says he wants to “drain the swamp.” How should those fighting kleptocracy react?...

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North Korea's Cyberattack against South Korea and the Threat to the U.S.

Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers on the South Korean military accusing North Korea of a major cyberattack, ISIS, and the President's final foreign policy speech...

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Pearl Harbor's Isolationist Lessons

Arthur Herman

Arthur Herman offers a historian's perspective on the 75th anniversary of the attack....

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The Fall of Turkey

Eric B. Brown

Western policymakers need to get comfortable with the fact that the Turkish Republic as we have known it is no more....

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Amazon Shows the Futility of Minimum Wage Increases

Harry Zieve Cohen

Policymakers and pundits can bemoan technological advances all they want, but they can't stop them....

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Doing the Right Thing: The Taiwan Phone Call

Seth Cropsey

Trump’s decision to answer Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen call was an exercise in good judgment and thinking....

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La llamada

Jaime Daremblum

Una breve conversación telefónica del presidente electo, Donald Trump, con la presidenta de Taiwán, Tsai Ing-wen, el viernes, desató un huracán e...

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Russian Ambassador Kabulov's Obamaesque Pakistan Fantasies

Aparna Pande

Ambassador Kabulov seems to have embraced the idea that cajoling Pakistan and giving it what it wants might be the route to success in Afghanistan...

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The Trump Reset

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Rebeccah Heinrichs on the incoming administration upsetting President Obama's apology tour...

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What Hillary and the 2003 Yankees Have in Common

Jeffrey H. Anderson

A month out from the 2016 election and Clinton's supporters still can't accept their defeat...

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It is Time to Unshackle the Communications Sector

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

Three areas where a market-oriented FCC would improve the economy: Don’t regulate the Internet. Trust markets. Don’t use the FCC to block mergers....

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Presidential Transition 2017

Hudson Institute

Hudson Institute scholars on the issues that will matter most for the upcoming administration...

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President-elect Trump's China Policy

Michael Pillsbury

Michael Pillsbury joins CNN Newsroom to talk about President-elect Trump's China policy....

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Trump's Third Ring of Suburbs

Walter Russell Mead

The opportunity to revamp the American Dream for millennials and beyond....

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Turks "Hate" and "Are Disgusted" by Syrian Refugees

Walter Russell Mead

Yet more proof that the only way to assure good treatment for refugees is to do everything to prevent their displacement in the first place....

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To The Mainstream Media, Ethel Rosenberg Was Completely Innocent

Ronald Radosh

The evidence from Soviet intelligence sources proves her guilt....

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What the Taiwan Call Means

Walter Russell Mead

The most important lesson, for both foreign leaders and domestic foreign policy analysts, is that the Obama era in American foreign policy has ended...

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Donald Trump's Three Problems

Irwin M. Stelzer

Donald Trump has three big problems, two of his own creation, one created by a ticking time bomb that Obama is leaving for him....

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Election Drama à la Française

Benjamin Haddad

If you miss campaign season excitement, look to France, where next year’s presidential race promises to be a crucial reckoning of Europe's challenges....

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Human Rights Activists Lose Faith In Burma's Leader

Walter Russell Mead

Outrage at Myanmar's leader for her inaction on the Rohingya demonstrates the continuing failure of human rights activists to understand the world....

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The Verdict on Castro

Lee Smith

Reinaldo Arenas deserves the last word....

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Ukrainians Find Economic Refuge in Poland—For Now

Hannah Thoburn

Poland's higher wages have attracted 400,000 temporary workers from Ukraine who have replaced Poles who left for the UK....

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The Factors Working in Israel's Geopolitical Favor

Arthur Herman

Israel has successfully navigated the post-Arab Spring chaos, it has the region’s most powerful military, and it will soon be a major energy player....

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Les océans au cœur de l'équation stratégique mondiale

Seth Cropsey

La nouvelle guerre des étoiles... celle des étoiles de mer !...

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Trump Rediscovers An Old Form of Governance

Walter Russell Mead

The Carrier deal demonstrates the sort of political savvy progressive technocrats fail to appreciate....

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The Smart Money Wants Out Of China

Walter Russell Mead

Beijing's crackdown on capital flight is another sign that China's meteoric growth could be drawing to an end....

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Merkel's Migrant Rethink

Walter Russell Mead

The only way to deal with refugee crisis is to have a foreign policy that seeks to prevent them in the first place....

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Erdogan Desafiante

Jaime Daremblum

El presidente turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ha desafiado con furia la decisión del Parlamento Europeo de congelar sus negociaciones para el ingreso de...

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President-elect Trump is Poised to Reset: Up-ending Obama's Apology Tour

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Those who wish to work with the United States towards common goals, peace, and security, will find a great partner in the United States of America....

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Trump's Pick of Price Puts Obamacare in the Crosshairs

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Opponents of Obamacare should be greatly encouraged by Trump's pick of House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price to be the Secretary of HHS...

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The Crimes of the Future Are Already Here

Walter Russell Mead

A ransomware attack on San Francisco's light rail system is a wake-up call about our vulnerabilities to cyber threats....

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When Did the Left Know the Truth about Cuba?

Ronald Radosh

And why does it still support the Communist regime?...

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No Happy Ending for Brazil

Walter Russell Mead

The country is like a teenager in a growth spurt trying to squeeze into last year’s clothes....

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South Korea's Crisis Deepens

Walter Russell Mead

Public trust in South Korea's President is cratering just as the country faces a series of intertwined crises....

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Trump's Path to Mount Rushmore

Walter Russell Mead

Smart energy policy could give Trump his best prospect for spurring growth in manufacturing jobs, delivering on the promises his voters think matter....

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Why Everybody Loves Israel

Arthur Herman

Jonathan Silver speaks with Arthur Herman about his November 2016 Mosaic essay....

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A Dictator Dies a Failure

Walter Russell Mead

Fidel Castro leaves a shattered society and a desperately poor country behind him, less able to shape its destiny than it was in 1959....

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A Trump-Ryan Constitutional Revival

Christopher DeMuth

Wariness of Donald Trump might inspire Republicans in Congress to give up lazy delegation and relearn the art of legislating....

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Renegotiating Trump's Trade Policy

Irwin M. Stelzer

That's the easy part. President-elect Donald Trump went on YouTube to announce two of his goals. The first was to show the print and television moguls...

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Watch Out for Terror's First Incubators

Husain Haqqani

The focus may be on ISIS, but Afghanistan and Pakistan are still sources of major threats....

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Melanie Kirkpatrick on Thanksgiving

Melanie Kirkpatrick

A compendium of Melanie Kirkpatrick's writings on the American holiday...

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A Uniquely American Holiday: Thanksgiving

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Just about every country has a national day, a holiday when citizens stop to honor their constitution, celebrate a monarch’s birthday, recall the da...

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Greek Mess Still Unresolved

Walter Russell Mead

Europe has wasted almost a decade since the euro crisis first surfaced, and the problems of the currency are nowhere close to being solved....

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General Mattis as Defense Secretary

Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers on General Mattis as Defense Secretary....

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Turkey and EU to Break Up

Walter Russell Mead

They weren't married—just dating—but the end of the relationship augurs an important geopolitical turning point....

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Will Trumponomics Save Us From A Bust?

Brendan Brown

Can Trump-economics prevent the asset price inflation now infecting the global economy?...

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Thanksgiving and America

Melanie Kirkpatrick

This history, and more, is worthy of our remembrance, with grateful hearts, on every Thanksgiving Day — including this one....

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Agonía en Alepo

Jaime Daremblum

Lo que sucede en la zona oriental de Alepo desafía las normas internacionales y los valores humanitarios que deberían imperar en torno a poblaciones...

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Tevi Troy on Responding to National Disasters, and Preparing for Future Threats

Lee Smith & Tevi Troy

Perhaps the most cheering aspect of our American democracy is the optimism meeting a new president and his administration. How bad can it get?...

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How President Trump Approaches National Security and Foreign Policy

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Rebeccah Heinrichs joined Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss what national security and foreign policy in the Trump administration l...

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Thoughts on Growing a Navy

Bryan McGrath

Navy leadership and the incoming Trump Team have a responsibility to think deeply about their stewardship of this growth while they have a few preciou...

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Storm Clouds Gather Over America's Cities

Harry Zieve Cohen

Some of the bloodiest fights over the next few years will be between blue cities and red state legislatures....

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The Modern Weimar Parallel Runs through China – with the Fed Still to Blame

Brendan Brown

A US-led trade policy to counter unfair practices tolerated by Beijing would be entirely consistent with a totally new approach by Washington....

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The Turkey Pardoning Tradition May Have Started with a Raccoon

Melanie Kirkpatrick

The origin of the presidential pardon of a Thanksgiving turkey, now an annual ceremony on the White House lawn, is something of a mystery....

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How Thanksgiving Went from a Day of Prayer to a Day of Feasting

Melanie Kirkpatrick

If you could travel back in time to 1621, tap a Pilgrim on the shoulder, and ask him to define “Thanksgiving Day,” his answer might surprise you. ...

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How an NYC Football Game Started a Thanksgiving War

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Thanksgiving Day football can trace its origins back to the 1880s and a hugely popular annual game between Princeton and Yale in New York City....

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France, Secularism and Double Standards on Islam

Benjamin Haddad

Benjamin Haddad, Nathalie Goulet, and Yasser Louati debate the burkini ban and the rights of French Muslims....

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The Economics of Trumpism

Irwin M. Stelzer

Only Trump can fill in the blanks on his script for Making America Great again, and direct the play....

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The Return of American Nationalism

John Fonte & John O'Sullivan

Trump’s victory should usher in policies rooted in patriotic assimilation and the national interest...

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After the Election, a Thanksgiving to Unite Us

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Sarah Josepha Hale saw the holiday as a way to bring together a nation divided over slavery....

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Trump Won on the Issues

Jeffrey H. Anderson

How did Donald Trump beat a former senator and cabinet secretary to win the presidency?...

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Doomed Deal

Lee Smith

Will President-elect Donald Trump crash the Iran deal on day one, as he said on the campaign trail?...

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Four Essential Things Douglas MacArthur Would Tell President-elect Donald Trump

Arthur Herman

As Trump starts to plan for the future, the man he should turn to for advice may have died more than fifty years ago, but his words live on....

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President-elect Trump's China Policy

Michael Pillsbury

Michael Pillsbury discusses President-elect Trump's China policy on "Lou Dobbs Tonight."...

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What Do First Impressions Say about Trump's Foreign Policy?

Michael Pillsbury

Many have wondered if Trump's campaign rhetoric is the same as his foreign policy. Michael Pillsbury and David Rothkopf join Judy Woodruff....

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The First Thanksgiving

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Melanie Kirkpatrick on whether George Washington had the power to declare a national day of thanksgiving....

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Quick Hit: Small Surface Combatants and the 350-Ship Navy

Bryan McGrath

Building the 350-ship Navy will require a coherent strategic rationale, a good deal of money, and the political will to see it through....

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Crafting China Policy Could Get Sticky After Trump's Campaign Comments

Michael Pillsbury

During the campaign, Donald Trump took an aggressive stance toward China. Steve Inskeep talks to Mike Pillsbury about what Trump's policy might be....

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Facebook, Google, and Twitter: Arbiters of the Truth or Threats to Liberty?

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are considering how to curtail “fake news” through such steps as blocking advertising. The timing is curious....

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Blasphemy Case Heightens Tensions in Indonesia

Walter Russell Mead

A blasphemy case against the Christian governor of Jakarta exposes the ethnic and religious divides in Indonesia....

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Why the Left Demonstrates

Ronald Radosh

Our nation, it seems, is not in for a peaceful four years....

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Obama's Never-Ending Lecture Tour

Walter Russell Mead

Obama's advice to Europe rings hollow in the face of his myriad foreign policy failures....

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The Next Secretary of the Navy

Seth Cropsey

There is no one better prepared to carry out the president-elect’s stated goal than House Armed Services subcommittee chairman Randy Forbes, (VA-4)....

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Thanksgiving

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Melanie Kirkpatrick talked about her book Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience....

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Chispas de la Elección

Jaime Daremblum

La gran incógnita a estas alturas es qué hará, finalmente, el nuevo presidente tras dar respiro para medir quién se cansa primero....

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The Trouble with Infrastructure

Harry Zieve Cohen

Making America's infrastructure great again will take more than political will and money....

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Trump's Win Could Be Palestine's Loss

Walter Russell Mead

As right-wing Israelis celebrate, Trump's victory spells trouble for Palestinians and a two-state solution....

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The Flaw in Kissinger's Grand Strategy

Husain Haqqani

The U.S. wields enormous power, but its success in using it depends on the actions of other nations. The Bangladesh crisis is a case in point....

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The Lebanese Army Is Misusing U.S. Aid

Lee Smith

And that should come with consequences....

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House of Clinton Looks to Keep Hope Alive

Walter Russell Mead

The Clinton dynasty will not go gentle into that good night....

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Many Question Marks over Trump's Asia Policy

Walter Russell Mead

Our allies are nervous. The Trump administration needs to move quickly to establish a clear path for American policy in Asia....

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Start-Up Formation at Historic Lows

Walter Russell Mead

The health of the start-up sector is one of the most important indicators telling us whether or not we are on the right track....

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The GOP's ObamaCare Strategy Pays Off

Tevi Troy & Lanhee J. Chen

The House kept the health-care law on the policy agenda by passing more than 50 repeal bills....

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Vladimir Putin's Best Week Ever

Hannah Thoburn

While much of the world was focused on the unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the US elections, things in Europe and Eurasia took an ominous turn....

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Persecuted Christians: Eyewitness Accounts from Iraqi Christians

Lela Gilbert

Eyewitness accounts from displaced Iraqi Christians who are praying for the liberation of their homeland....

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Donald Trump's Jacksonian Revolt

Walter Russell Mead

Andrew Jackson's brand of populism—nationalist, egalitarian, individualistic—remains one of the most powerful forces in American politics...

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Here Comes President Trump

Irwin M. Stelzer

In our American way, this most heated of recent campaigns ended with all players wishing the president-elect success, or saying they do....

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Buyer Beware: U.S. Targets Anonymous Luxury Real Estate Purchases

Peter Podkopaev

A look at U.S. efforts to identify kleptocrats stashing stolen wealth in high-value homes....

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