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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      Putin, Trump, and the Pandemic
      Apr23

      Putin, Trump, and the Pandemic

      As COVID-19 continues to claim lives and roil markets, it is also transforming political fortunes—not least those of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Both have faced blistering criticism for their oversight—or lack thereof—of the pandemic response in their countries. Both have doubled down on longstanding habits of deflection and delegation that...

      How the Oil Shock Will Contain Putin
      Apr22

      How the Oil Shock Will Contain Putin

      Two weeks ago, the movers and shakers in the oil-producing universe tried to convince the world they were on the cusp of a truly significant agreement that would slow the financial hemorrhaging of the market. Instead, they delivered nothing more than a slight ripple in a growing, fetid pond. The Saudis with deep pockets and untold cash reserves...

      Patronage and the Pandemic
      Apr20

      Patronage and the Pandemic

      In her testimony to the House Judiciary Committee last December, Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan floated a now-prescient hypothetical: what would we think if Trump conditioned disaster relief on a state’s willingness to go after his political opponents? Today, we are faced with the possibility that the President will use this crisis as...

      Beware the Lion in the Kremlin
      Apr17

      Beware the Lion in the Kremlin

      Attend almost any major global summit and you may spy a lion in sheep’s clothing, pretending to belong to the flock of the civilized nations of the world. When back at home, this same lion, its claws peeking out behind its paws, pads around the halls of the Kremlin, seeking his next prey abroad while also eyeing his compatriots closer to...

      Behind Putin’s Power Grab
      Apr17

      Behind Putin’s Power Grab

      When Vladimir Putin became President in 2018 for the fourth time, Russians steeled themselves for a long six years of Brezhnev-style sclerosis, knowing that no real political revival could take place until this last term was up. Under the Russian constitution, Putin could not legally assume the presidency in 2024—at least not without rewriting...

      Intelligence Failure
      Apr16

      Intelligence Failure

      In the pre-coronavirus era, President Trump’s attacks on the so-called Deep State seemed focused on one thing: undermining the Intelligence Community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 campaign to help get him elected, and more recently, stopping the IC from raising similar alarms about the 2020 campaign. Trump’s...

      The Sino-Semitic Connection
      Mar26

      The Sino-Semitic Connection

      Having sideswiped the memory of Calvin Coolidge in Part III and snookered a twisted Navy Seals motto into service in Parts IV and V of this essay series, we now embark upon the last of three promises made back on December 10: Redeeming the claim that Jewish diaspora history can help us understand Singapore.James Thurber once warned that, “You...

      “Totalitarianism as a Mindset Can Be Anywhere”
      Mar22

      “Totalitarianism as a Mindset Can Be Anywhere”

      The American Interest recently convened TAI Chairman Francis Fukuyama and Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination, for a wide-ranging conversation. They discussed the coronavirus pandemic, news from Iran, identity politics, campus trends, and why imagination and literature are essential to combatting...

      Don’t Let Putin Whitewash History
      Mar19

      Don’t Let Putin Whitewash History

      President Vladimir Putin cleared the penultimate barrier to his staying on in power indefinitely by having Russia’s highest court ruled in favor of amending the country’s constitution to remove presidential term limits. His tenure in office already exceeds that of his hero, Josef Stalin, and guarantees the continuing pursuit of...

      Wars of Religion
      Mar10

      Wars of Religion

      “We are ready to die for our church and that is what we are demonstrating tonight.” This provocative statement was given by Andrija Mandić, the leader of the opposition in the Montenegrin Parliament, on the eve of the recent passage of a controversial law on religious property in the country. This law stipulates that the Serbian Orthodox Church...