September/October 2012

After spending ten days in the serenity of the Côte d’Azur, one might be forgiven for asking what could possibly be wrong in the world. Yet, even here, surrounded by glorious mountains that slide gently into the sea’s rocky shores, there are reminders. The gleaming yachts may stand in the harbors as always, symbols of the lure of privilege, but the small talk on land is of diminished expectations—Mediterranean Europe’s stagnant economies and the structural unemployment, decaying infrastructure, and declining purchasing power and living standards. Depending on who is talking, blame goes to the continent’s stubbornly embedded dependency culture and a leadership that panders to it, or to the wealthy who obliviously shuttle back and forth from those glistening yachts and fail to pay enough in taxes.  ... Read More

The Sufis’ Choice: Egypt’s Political Wild Card

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has gained power, but the traditionally apolitical Sufis have also mobilized. They represent a wild card amid the chaos of Egyptian politics today.

America in Decline? It’s a Matter of Choices, Not Fate

America’s future could be bright or bleak, but for certain, it is anything but inevitable. Making the right choices now will set a steady course for the years to come.

The Future of Space: Trouble on the Final Frontier

Americans like to think space exploration is about science, not war, but China and Russia don't make the distinction—and the laws guiding militaries in space are sorely outdated.

The Ultimate Protest: Women Self-Immolate in Tibet

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Tibet’s Transition: Will Washington Take a Stand?

Beijing sees the Dalai Lama succession as a way to seize more control in Tibet. Will the US help the country’s democracy in exile or remain focused on other concerns?

Blaming China’s Currency Manipulation is Tempting—but Wrong

Beijing’s currency is not the villain it’s often made out to be, and America should start seeing its relationship with China as an opportunity rather than a threat.

Confront China’s Currency Manipulation Now

Political leaders may want to engage Beijing, but given its blatantly unfair trade practices, human rights abuses, and military aggression, a confrontation is long overdue.

The Coming Collapse

Russia and China—either (or both) could collapse soon. Yet neither the president nor his challenger seem alert to, or prepared for, such a possibility.

Learning from Sadat: The Dividends of American Resolve

Anwar Sadat steered Egypt away from the USSR and allied with the West because he saw the value of a US partnership. Can Washington inspire that confidence again?

Mocking Justice in Norway

A Norwegian court recently sentenced Anders Breivik for his killing spree last summer—but also on trial were legitimate writers with politically incorrect views.