Summer 2015

For Europe, the year that is just halfway over began with terrorist attacks in Paris against a magazine and a Jewish deli, carried on through the rise of Syriza in Greece and the collapse of Labor in Britain, and heads into summer with Brussels struggling over an immigration crisis that ran to the top of the agenda when more than a thousand boat people perished in the Mediterranean due in part to European budget cuts, giving a grim new context to the old term mare nostrum—our sea. Each of these is the tip of a greater mass, a flashpoint that illuminates the Continent’s deep and intersecting fault lines. Immigration and jihad, austerity and extremism, resentment and disunion. And that’s before even getting into the Putinism that so deftly exploits these tensions.  ... Read More

A New Focus for US Trade

With a second-term president looking to secure his legacy and a pro-trade majority anxious to show its ability to govern, the time is right for two new deals that reaffirm US global leadership.

From the Archive: Drunken Nation

Assessing Russia in 2009, Nicholas Eberstadt saw a land of demographic despair, personal defeat, and systemic failure. His essay is still a bracer for those who think Putinism will prevail.

What’s Left?: Social Democrats in Disarray

From its embrace of neoliberalism in the 1990s through its failures during the recession to the collapse of British Labor this spring, the European left is in desperate need of a new vision.

Tokyo Ascending

Under Shinzo Abe’s careful leadership, Japan is demonstrating that the US-led deterrence system installed after World War II can respond effectively to Beijing’s mounting aggression.

Europe at a Crossroads

The future of the EU depends on its leaders adapting to harsh realities—such as the fact that the bigger and more integrated the union gets, the less appealing it seems to be to its citizens.

Fast Forward: US Diplomacy in an Untethered World

Despite the challenges facing US diplomacy, American values still have much to offer the world, not least the sense of a responsibility to act to make things better wherever possible.

Libertarians and Foreign Policy

Libertarians must recognize that the world the US faces today is different from the one in which Thomas Jefferson called for peace, commerce, and no entangling alliances.

The Fight for Democratic Pluralism in China

Pro-democracy activists of all stripes must continue to build common cause in the face of Communist repression and instability—and Western powers should help.