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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      This Time It’s Really Different
      Jul02

      This Time It’s Really Different

      There has never been an international sovereign debt crisis on the scale of what is now unfolding. The International Monetary Fund (IMF)—the lender of last resort to governments—reports that more than 100 countries have requested emergency loans.Normally, the IMF looks solely at the levels of economic distress in determining whether to grant...

      Japan’s False Hopes of Courting Russia
      Jun25

      Japan’s False Hopes of Courting Russia

      As the old Soviet joke goes, it is difficult to predict history in Russia. Against the backdrop of the Kremlin’s longstanding efforts to promote a revisionist version of World War II, this past April the Russian Duma (parliament) passed a law to officially change the war’s end date from September 2nd to the 3rd. The bill’s...

      Bad Policy, Worse Reasons
      Jun23

      Bad Policy, Worse Reasons

      On Sunday, in the Wall Street Journal, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien provided the logic behind the Trump Administration’s decision to cut nearly 10,000 troops presently stationed in Germany and, in turn, cap U.S. troop levels at 25,000 going forward. It’s a logic that doesn’t hold up, geopolitically or...

      It’s Not Broke! And You’re Not Fixing It!
      Jun19

      It’s Not Broke! And You’re Not Fixing It!

      There’s a lot of blood on the floor in Washington these days, so the reader may not be focused on the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). But it’s worth a look, because what is happening to this system could have dire consequences for America’s already battered reputation in the world.USAGM (formerly known as the Broadcasting...

      The Case for the CROOK Act
      Jun16

      The Case for the CROOK Act

      For governments around the world, these are uncertain times. Blatantly corrupt regimes are threatened by citizen-led movements that have taken to the streets protesting against their depredations. Starting with the Arab Spring a decade ago, mass protests have risen by 11.5 percent every year. These protests are having an effect: A whopping ten...

      The Dangers of Delusion
      Jun12

      The Dangers of Delusion

      What if, instead of being a sign of America’s decline, Donald Trump’s erratic and destructive presidency was a kind of harbinger of America’s enduring resiliency? That seems to be the main message of Bruno Maçães’ latest book, History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America. Mind you, the book is far from a MAGA manifesto or...

      The German Drawdown Debacle
      Jun10

      The German Drawdown Debacle

      In one sense, the contretemps over the White House’s threat to use active-duty Army forces to secure order in Washington, DC has been a blessing to the Trump Administration, for it largely diverted media and political attention from the president’s decision—the day before the anniversary of the “D-Day” landings in Normandy in 1944—to...

      Don’t Let Putin’s Pipe Dreams Become Reality
      Jun09

      Don’t Let Putin’s Pipe Dreams Become Reality

      While the world has been preoccupied with the global coronavirus pandemic and the ravaged economies it has left in its wake, Russia has actively sought to use the crisis as a distraction to circumvent U.S. sanctions. These include those announced in December that halted the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany through...

      When Past Isn’t Prologue
      Jun08

      When Past Isn’t Prologue

      The coronavirus crisis has brought us more than enough chaos, suffering, and hardship, but it has also given us something valuable: a golden opportunity to think. The drama unfolding before our very eyes should allow us to question the comfortable clichés that have arisen from intellectual rigidity and complacency. Our perception of Russia is one...

      The Rumpelstiltskin Syndrome
      Jun05

      The Rumpelstiltskin Syndrome

      The G7 summit, which Donald Trump just ditched, isn’t exactly the pinnacle of great-power politics. Like the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is just a nice place to be. Nothing is ever decided in either locale. The speeches are canned, the talking points carefully vetted. The key phrases of the G7 communique are hashed out ahead of the...