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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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The Road to Making America Great Again Runs Through... Beijing: Emerging Chinese Views of Donald Trump

Michael Pillsbury

What election of Donald Trump means for the future of the world’s most important bilateral relationship...

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Love and Rage

Lee Smith

Nat Hentoff was prolific and productive up until the end of his life....

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The 'Trump Report' Is a Russian Provocation

David Satter

The intelligence report on Russia and Trump serves Russia’s propaganda aim to disrupt U.S. politics and institutions....

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Rex Tillerson Grilled During Confirmation Hearing

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Rebecca Heinrichs shares her insight on the hearing and on what we can expect from Gen. Mattis's hearing....

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The Woman Who Scooped Everyone on World War II

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Clare Hollingworth was a journalist of the old school—daring, dogged and open-minded....

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Hairline Cracks in Trump's Invisible Shield

Gabriel Schoenfeld

Trouble could follow the President-elect's Wednesday press conference...

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Trump's US Navy Priorities, Fleet Size & Future Naval Warfare

Bryan McGrath

Bryan McGrath discusses US Navy priorities for the incoming Trump administration, fleet size, distributed lethality & future naval warfare...

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The Bizarre Trump Dossier

Lee Smith

The report is so bizarre and incoherent that it has the effect of undermining the accusations that Trump has unsavory ties with Russia....

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Trump vs. 'Lying, Disgusting' Media

Gabriel Schoenfeld

Espionage laws could mean trouble for journalists under the new president....

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New York's Terrible Fiscal Health

Harry Zieve Cohen

Blue governance is costly, and De Blasio's agenda has been as blue as any in the country....

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A Good Conservative Obamacare Replacement Would Save $1 Trillion

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Repealing and replacing Obamacare with a good conservative alternative would save 13 digits' worth of federal spending...

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Updated Missile Defense Policy Clears a Path for Trump to Expand Missile Defense

Henry A. Obering III & Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

The old arguments against an expansive, robust missile defense system are outdated....

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Russia Questions for Rex Tillerson

David Satter

New revelations about an opposition leader’s murder and bombings in Boston and Russia....

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Some Thoughts on the Trump News Bombshell

Walter Russell Mead

This event is deeply damaging to the country and its institutions in the short run. Don’t for a second think that Putin is unhappy by this latest turn...

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Rasputín en Caracas

Jaime Daremblum

Lo único cierto es el sufrimiento de nuestros hermanos venezolanos....

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On the Confirmation Hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions

John P. Walters

An interview with John Walters on his CNN.com op-ed about why Jeff Sessions is the right pick for Attorney General. iframe#1...

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Donald Trump, An Unwitting Stooge for Russia? Not so Fast.

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Much commentary has lately centered on the question, “to what degree is President-elect Trump a witting or unwitting stooge of the Russian government?...

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Russian Hacking and Russian Roulette on the Internet

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

Our challenge is not so much Russian hacking as our playing Russian roulette in failing to protect online information....

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Why Sessions is Right Pick for Attorney General

William Bennett & John P. Walters

Jeff Sessions is an outstanding choice for attorney general, and he deserves to be confirmed swiftly...

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Congress and the Navy: Forty Years of Dysfunction

Bryan McGrath

Bryan McGrath reviews Paul E. Pedisich's "Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, Economics, and the Rise of American Naval Power, 1881-1921"...

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It's the Corruption, Stupid

Martha Bayles

How Westerners misunderstand the Eurasian drift of former Soviet republics like Moldova....

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A Fracking Good Time

Irwin M. Stelzer

It promises to be a fracking good year in some of our oil producing regions. ...

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A Disaster He's Proud Of

Lee Smith

Barack Obama has set the Middle East on fire, and now it's spreading....

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Yes, Obamacare Repeal Can Be a Big Win for GOP

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Jeffrey H. Anderson on repealing Obamacare, and his related story about how the GOP can avoid being blamed for high premiums. "Listen here.()":https:...

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Trump Sides With Russia, Assange Over CIA, FBI

Ronald Radosh

Trump is siding with Assange, who is no friend of ours....

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Five Myths about Kleptocracy

Natalie Duffy & Nate Sibley

Will Donald Trump institute one? Or is the United States immune?...

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How Republicans Can Avoid Being Blamed for High Premiums

Jeffrey H. Anderson

When it comes to trying to decide what the worst part of Obamacare is, there's no shortage of contenders. From a constitutional standpoint, the worst ...

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Obama Foreign Policy: Russia, Middle East's New Powerbroker, Displaced the U.S.

Arthur Herman

Russia’s new role as the Middle East’s new powerbroker leaves the United States out in the cold....

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Putin and Trump: How to Make Nonproliferation a Priority in 2017

Richard Weitz

Even amidst growing tensions, there are several steps that the U.S. and Russia can take in 2017 to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation....

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China Bubble Looking Ever More Ominous

Walter Russell Mead

IMF economists are chastising Xi's economic team in uncharacteristically strident tones....

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Christmas Violence Forces Germany to Face Hard Truths

Walter Russell Mead

Like Japan, Germany is making moves that would have been unthinkable until recently. These are the costs of a fraying liberal world order....

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Otra Vez Cristina

Jaime Daremblum

De las sombras del turbio pasado político de Argentina, una vez más ha emergido Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, la polémica exjefa de Estado. Cono...

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Deconstructing the Conventional and Simplistic Take on Ukraine

Hannah Thoburn

To travel through Ukraine is to journey through hundreds of years of history, the remnants of divergent diasporas, forced famines, Nazi and Communist ...

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Neither Obama Sanctions, nor New Trump 'Reset' Changes Russia's Goal

David Satter

Putin and his cronies have no interest in the success of democracies — especially ours....

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Dangerous Gamble

Arthur Herman

Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East....

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The Great Unraveling

Walter Russell Mead

The past 25 years of world politics have rested on a series of polite fictions, agreed conventions and hypocritical pretenses. Comforting, but untrue....

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Israel: Settlements Aren't the Issue

Douglas J. Feith

Doug Feith explains why West Bank homes aren’t the obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace....

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Hardline Islamists Gain Ground In Indonesia

Walter Russell Mead

For many years, the world's most populous Muslim nation has resisted the siren call of fanaticism. That increasingly appears to be changing....

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Best Books 2016: Conservative Reading Choices

Tevi Troy

The year 2016 was a good one for books by men named Yuval. ...

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The War on Israel Never Ends

Douglas J. Feith

Settlements aren’t the issue. Many of the Jewish state’s enemies don’t even believe in its right to exist....

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U.S. Rebound Is Short-Term

Brendan Brown

Brendan Brown discusses the outlook for U.S. financial markets and economy with Bloomberg's Anna Edwards and Yousef Gamal El-Din...

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Diplomacia Personalizada

Jaime Daremblum

En algunos estudios sobre la política exterior se cita el fenómeno de la personalización de la diplomacia. Esto significa que la posición del paí...

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The Pretense of the Peace Process

Walter Russell Mead

The political incompetence of Palestinian leadership and its unorganized, fractured society have been the secret weapon of the Zionist movement...

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A Test for the Democratic Party

Harry Zieve Cohen

How blue politicians reform the infrastructure construction process will be a key determinant of the future of Democratic Party....

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The Times and the Post Take a Peculiar Line on Israel

Irwin M. Stelzer

Perhaps Trump is right to ignore these organs of the liberal establishment and stick to Twitter....

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UN Vote on Settlements Can't Hide Palestinian Collapse

Walter Russell Mead

No vote in the echo chamber of the Security Council can change the fact of Palestinian weakness and Israeli strength at this pivotal moment...

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President Barack Obama Takes a Final Swipe at America's Steady Alliance with Israel

Ronald Radosh

President Obama has changed a once steady and bipartisan policy of the American alliance with Israel. The passage of the resolution will work to embol...

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Obama Said to Break With Decades of U.S. Policy to Declare Western Wall 'Occupied Territory' at the UN

Lee Smith

The lame-duck president is dismantling the alliance system that has kept America and much of the rest of the world secure...

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Electoral Masterpiece

Jeffrey H. Anderson

The Founders knew what they were doing...

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The Amazing Blinkered European Elites

Walter Russell Mead

Radical populists across Europe are right that governments that can't protect their frontiers aren't worthy of the name....

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The Democrats Turn on Obama

Walter Russell Mead & Harry Zieve Cohen

Almost everywhere you look, the gap between Obama's stirring rhetoric and his underwhelming accomplishments is immense....

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Distorting the Colorado Youth Drug-Use Data

David W. Murray

A Washington Post story on Colorado "teen" drug use distorts its data to disguise the harm that legal marijuana is doing to young people....

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On Jacksonianism, Foreign Policy, and American Elites

Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead and Ben Domenech discuss foreign policy schools of thought, Jacksonianism, and the future of education and religion in America....

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New Federal Reporting: The Colorado Marijuana Experiment is Producing Staggering Rates of Drug Use

David W. Murray et al.

Instead of contemplating marijuana legalization’s expansion, it’s time to begin reversing the damage....

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Boost the Economy by Scrapping the GSEs

Brendan Brown

Get comfortable with the new word of the day: deregulation. ...

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Trump's Opportunity: Saving Coptic Christians

Samuel Tadros

Egypt’s minorities, long persecuted, are counting on the U.S. president to defend religious freedom...

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Putin Is No Partner on Terrorism

David Satter

The idea that Russia can be counted on as an ally of the United States in its war against terrorism is a dangerous illusion....

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Thailand Gets Cozy With China

Walter Russell Mead

The Obama Administration misjudged Asian politics as profoundly (if not quite quite as spectacularly) as they misjudged the Arab Spring....

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Watch Me Lie!

Martha Bayles

The problem with our media isn't "fake news." It's the absence of meaningful contexts for interpretation....

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Trump's Iran Deal Trap: 'Re-Negotiation' vs. 'Enforcement'

Lee Smith

America's big-ticket foreign-policy issue is still the Iran deal....

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Shooting the Messenger

Carolyn Stewart

Courteous behavior faces a structural disadvantage on social media—to our cost...

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California Has a Weird Definition of "Social Responsibility"

Harry Zieve Cohen

Pension bigwigs limit donations to think tanks advocating pension reform; California reaffirms commitment to keeping pension money out of tobacco...

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China's Anschluss in the South China Sea

Arthur Herman

Beijing is seizing all the territory it can — while it can....

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Yen, Euro Seeing a Dollar Phenomenon

Brendan Brown

Brendan Brown on the strength of the U.S. dollar against the Japanese yen and euro and offers his expectations for 2017 global monetary policy...

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What the Murder of the Russian Ambassador Might Mean

Walter Russell Mead

It's probably not Sarajevo 1914 all over again. But don't be so sure that this event will bring the Russians and Turks together, either....

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Will A Stronger Dollar Cause a Trade War with Europe?

Brendan Brown

Markets have not been slow to see through the hollowness of the European Central Bank's announced curtailment of the pace of money printing planned fo...

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The Story of the Tunisian Revolution

Samuel Tadros

Samuel Tadros examines an important book written by two Tunisian journalists investigating the revolution....

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Congress and the Coming Pensions Crisis

Walter Russell Mead

Any kind of federal pension relief needs to be tied to reforms that ensure that nothing like this ever happens again....

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The Road Ahead for Trump's Cabinet Picks

Irwin M. Stelzer

If you thought the heated political atmosphere would cool after voters made their decision, think again....

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A Quick Review of the Navy's New Force Structure Assessment

Bryan McGrath

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the results of a much-awaited internal review of fleet size known as a “Force Structure Assessment."...

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Why the India-Russia Relationship Works

Aparna Pande & Hannah Thoburn

What has kept this old friendship going, well into the early 21st century?...

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Why Russia May Have Interfered In the Election

Lee Smith

Putin could have been looking for revenge against the Obama administration....

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Nuclear Deterrence Theory

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Rebeccah Heinrichs on nuclear deterrence....

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Comrade Moneybags: How Much is Putin Worth?

Peter Podkopaev

A look at the various estimates of the Russian leader's wealth - and why they probably come up short....

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Russia No Longer A Top 5 Defense Spender

Walter Russell Mead

Russia is increasingly flexing its military muscle on the world stage these days, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the raw numbers....

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How President Obama Can Retaliate against Russia

Hannah Thoburn & Benjamin Haddad

The U.S. should expose where Vladimir Putin is stashing his money....

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About 'What Happened': A Take on "Illiberal Reformers"

William A. Schambra

When you ask what happened, take a moment to look in the mirror...

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What Did Trump and Tech Leaders Discuss?

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

Harold Furchtgott-Roth weighs in on tech leaders meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump. He speaks with Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."...

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Austria Fails to Halt Turkey Accession Talks

Harry Zieve Cohen

Vienna tries and fails to halt EU accession negotiations....

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Church of Martyrs

Samuel Tadros

Sunday’s attack is neither the first nor the last that the Coptic Church will endure in Egypt....

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A Quick Guide to U.S. Foreign Lobbying Laws

Natalie Duffy & Victoria Korovatykh

Natalie Duffy and Victoria Korovatykh look at the laws protecting American democracy from external influence....

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Líos del Kremlin

Jaime Daremblum

Un áspero debate ha surgido en Washington en torno al robo y manipulación de información (__hacking__) que Rusia ha llevado a cabo respecto al proc...

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Trump's State Pick Improvement on Obama-Clinton Russian Policy

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Senators in the confirmation hearing will be pleasantly surprised....

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Dems May Come Around on Privatized Infrastructure

Harry Zieve Cohen

Blue New York's Governor Cuomo encourages Trump to embrace privatized infrastructure....

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The NYT's Veil Fail

Benjamin Haddad

Silencing liberals and moderate conservatives in the debate about Islamic religious practices in Europe only paves the way for more populist successes...

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What Game Is Russia Playing?

Lee Smith

The two separate questions about Putin's possible interference....

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How Trump Can Build a Powerful Political Machine

Harry Zieve Cohen

Trump's infrastructure ambitions can help him build the most powerful political machine America has seen in decades....

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Benjamin Franklin and Fake News

Jerry Weinberger

Fake news has been in the news of late, and one might wish that news about fake news were fake as well. ...

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What The Coptic Bombing Means

Walter Russell Mead

The attack on a Cairo church strikes a blow at a Christian minority, the Sisi government, and a historic concept of Egyptian nationalism....

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The Middle East Won't Miss Obama

Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby

Many in the region, frustrated by Iran’s empowerment, welcome President Donald Trump....

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Whose Convenience?

Ann Marlowe

The murky world of bottom-feeding shipping registries...

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Endurance and Decay: Does Christianity Have a Future in the Middle East?

Samuel Tadros

The decline of Middle Eastern Christianity began with economic constraints, persecution and discrimination. It is an ongoing tragedy....

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A Positive Future for American High Tech

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

Trump's election destroyed the myth of omniscience of the high-tech industry. ...

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Trump the Caudillo

Irwin M. Stelzer

On Wednesday the high-tech crowd will have an opportunity to be heard....

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