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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      An Unorthodox Partnership
      Mar10

      An Unorthodox Partnership

      Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy: Religion, Politics, and StrategyDmitry AdamskyStanford University Press, 2019, 376 pp., $30 During communist times, Orthodox churches collaborated across their institutional hierarchies with communist intelligence services. The declassification of files over the past three decades has revealed how stunningly close ties...

      Russia’s Battle for Memory and Justice
      Mar10

      Russia’s Battle for Memory and Justice

      On the last weekend of February, more than 20,000 people marched in downtown Moscow to mark the fifth anniversary of the murder of Boris Nemtsov, Russia’s former deputy prime minister and Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent. Chanting “Russia will be free” and “murderer out of the Kremlin,” demonstrators walked down the same path...

      Sifting Through The Wreckage
      Feb12

      Sifting Through The Wreckage

      It is no big revelation to recognize that the churning dysfunctions of American politics are bound to affect American foreign and national security policies, and with them the rest of the world in one way or another. This is because the United States is no ordinary country. It is very big, very wealthy, very powerful, and very attention-arresting...

      It’s Not About Britain. It’s About Europe
      Feb11

      It’s Not About Britain. It’s About Europe

      “What’s in a name?” asked Juliet in a fit of despair. Names shape our world even if underlying truths are more important. She knew that Romeo being a Montague determined how events had shaken out for the two star-crossed lovers.We should be careful with names. Take “Brexit,” the name for Britain’s exit from the European Union. It has...

      Arch Puddington on Democracy’s Long and Winding Road
      Feb04

      Arch Puddington on Democracy’s Long and Winding Road

      Arch Puddington is a senior scholar at Freedom House, where he has worked for more than two decades. Before that, he worked as a journalist at Radio Free Europe during the final years of the Cold War. As Freedom House readies its annual “Freedom in the World” report for publication next month, TAI editor-in-chief Jeffrey Gedmin and associate...

      Beyond Parties of One
      Jan30

      Beyond Parties of One

      In Germany, center-right Christian Democrats and center-left Social Democrats are in trouble. In the neighboring Czech Republic, the country’s mainstream parties “find themselves in an advanced state of decay,” says Karel Schwarzenberg, the former Foreign Minister, ex-presidential candidate, and friend of Václav Havel. Enter billionaire...

      The New, Rotten Normal
      Jan30

      The New, Rotten Normal

      Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful OfficeSusan Hennessey and Benjamin WittesFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020, 432 pp., $28.00 Whatever happens with impeachment, if the Democrats do not make a hash of the elections, in less than a year Donald Trump will depart from the White House for good. Can...

      The Inquisitor
      Jan28

      The Inquisitor

      A rare moment of sanity—with an even rarer potential for good governance—emerged last month from the miasma of President Trump’s continuing war on the “Deep State.” After the Justice Department’s Inspector General reported that FBI investigators repeatedly misrepresented or withheld evidence from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance...

      Pompeo Should Go—and I Don’t Mean to Ukraine
      Jan28

      Pompeo Should Go—and I Don’t Mean to Ukraine

      Washington is consumed with the Senate impeachment trial this week, but it should also find some time to reflect on a sorry episode from this past weekend: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s behavior with NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly. During an interview with Kelly in which he balked at discussing whether those State employees embroiled in...

      Trump, Clinton, and Defining Deviancy Down
      Jan27

      Trump, Clinton, and Defining Deviancy Down

      Before Sunday evening, the odds of the Senate voting to remove President Trump from office were between slim and none. But news that John Bolton’s draft book directly ties the president’s intent to withhold aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation of the Bidens has moved those odds up just a bit. How much is difficult to tell...