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  • Sub Snub Has Paris in a Tizzy Over AUKUS
    Dan Baer September 17, 2021 Foreign Policy

    The AUKUS announcement was not a slight to France or Europe—or, for that matter, to Canada, Japan, or South Korea. It strengthens the hand of all democracies in the Indo-Pacific, including the democracies that aren’t part of the arrangement.

  • It's Not All About Populism
    Richard Youngs September 16, 2021 The Guardian

    Despite increased threats to civil liberties, judicial independence, and civil society over the past decade, efforts to defend and rethink Europe’s democratic practices have also surged. To maintain this momentum and ultimately reverse democratic erosion, a more ambitious agenda of political reform is required.

  • China's nuclear build-up: The great distraction
    Rose Gottemoeller September 13, 2021 The Hill

    We must keep a sharp eye on China’s nuclear deployments. But we have a long head start on them and can ensure that they do not surprise us in the nuclear space. If we fail to stay focused, we may find one day that they have achieved strategic superiority with entirely new military systems that we can neither defend against nor match.

  • Lessons from Afghanistan
    Stephen Wertheim September 10, 2021 Defense Priorities

    America’s war in Afghanistan exhibits the danger of prolonging a combat mission past the point where its objective can be clearly defined and verifiably achieved, even when a record of success to date makes the cost of continuing into the future appear to be low.

  • 9/11: The end of the ‘forever wars’
    Rudra Chaudhuri September 10, 2021 Hindustan Times

    With the Taliban’s return, India faces a real security threat. Rudra Chaudhuri writes how it also has the opportunity to pioneer an approach rooted in humanism.

  • Two ideas defeated in Kabul
    Moisés Naím September 9, 2021 El País

    What was defeated in Afghanistan was not just the most expensive and technologically advanced army in the world, but also two ideas that had deeply influenced the Western world. The first is that democracy can be exported, and the second is that the US military is the best in the world.

  • Biden the Realist
    Stephen Wertheim September 9, 2021 Foreign Affairs

    Biden is certainly no radical. But after decades of foreign policy radicalism that has created a string of disasters, his approach may at least begin to revitalize the United States’ role in the world.

  • Updating the Global Refugee Regime
    Sinan Ülgen September 8, 2021 Project Syndicate

    The 1951 Refugee Convention is no longer suitable for today. Increased funding, strengthened enforcement mechanisms, and a new definition of refugee will help bring the global regime into the 21st century.

  • War Games Are No Game
    Dmitri Trenin, Vygaudas Ušackas, Graham Stace September 8, 2021 Project Syndicate

    Clashing worldviews and the introduction of dangerous new technologies and techniques of asymmetric warfare have made the global security environment increasingly fraught. With the annual season for military exercises now upon us, policymakers must take steps to mitigate the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculations.

  • Stalemate: The Main Outcome of Bolsonaro’s Day of Protest
    Oliver Stuenkel September 8, 2021 Americas Quarterly

    Tuesday’s protests across Brazil were a significant gamble by President Jair Bolsonaro. People showed up, but most wore black instead, in a sign of opposition — paving the way for Congress to get rid of him.

  • Did 9/11 Change the United States?
    Stephen Wertheim September 8, 2021 Foreign Policy

    But it is finally possible to say, 20 years later, that 9/11 has shattered the U.S. pretension to global indispensability. Two decades more and the United States might yet become a nation among nations, no longer lording its power over others to get what it needs.

  • China: The Ground Shakes, Is An Earthquake Coming?
    François Godement September 7, 2021 Institut Montagne

    China’s party state is multiplying disciplinary and regulatory actions that amount to a top down shake up of China’s urban economy and society.

  • How America Can Win the Middle East
    Kim Ghattas September 4, 2021 The Atlantic

    If China offers a model of economic prosperity under autocratic rule, can the U.S. counter with a more positive vision—one that also considers the young generation’s aspirations for justice, rule of law, and governance?

  • The Fall
    Michele Dunne September 2, 2021 The Signal

    What's going on in Tunisia, the only surviving democracy from the Arab Spring?

  • North Korea and the Proof of Nuclear Adherence
    Ankit Panda, Toby Dalton September 2, 2021 Arms Control Association

    Although the administration does not use the phrase “arms control” in describing its North Korea policy, achieving any “practical progress” would require limiting the quantitative growth and qualitative improvement of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

  • Biden’s Imperfect But Powerful Message
    Aaron David Miller September 1, 2021 CNN

    President Biden clearly wanted to give a presidential speech to mark the end of America's longest war and to avoid a wonky to-do list for the challenging follow-up that might be more appropriate for a Secretary of State.

  • Can Democracy Survive the “Splinternet?”
    Steven Feldstein September 1, 2021 American Purpose

    Autocrats have bent the internet to serve anti-democratic purposes. Can democracies halt their march?

  • After Afghanistan, Let’s Not Be Misty-eyed About the West’s Rules-based Order
    H. A. Hellyer August 27, 2021 Politico

    One of the great myths of the latter half of the 20th century is that humanity had in some way “succeeded” in building a “liberal international order,” underpinned by deep commitments from the most powerful Western nations on the one hand and acquiescence by non-liberal states on the other.

  • The Discourse Around Afghanistan Shows How Little the West Understands Islam
    H. A. Hellyer August 27, 2021 The Globe and Mail

    So many of today’s public discussions about Islam and Muslims are through the lens of security, and that has led to an absence of nuance and understanding around engaging domestically with our own Muslim communities of the West.

  • China’s Xi Jinping Thought Curricula Teaches Students How to ‘Unmask Enemies’ of the State
    François Godement August 26, 2021 PRI’s The World

    China has announced that the political ideology of its president, Xi Jinping, will now be taught in schools from elementary through the university level.


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