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Section: The American Interest (USA)

    The Paradise Papers: A Reading Guide
    Nov16

    The Paradise Papers: A Reading Guide

    This past Sunday, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism released the Paradise Papers, a new trove of documents showing the opaque networks, shell companies, and gaping regulatory loopholes that the world’s wealthy use to stash their gains abroad. The revelations therein are still sending shockwaves through Western...

    Make Conservatism Moderate Again
    Nov13

    Make Conservatism Moderate Again

    In 1964, Barry Goldwater addressed the Republican National Convention with a famous speech that argued “extremism in defense of liberty [was] no vice” and “moderation in pursuit of justice [was] no virtue.” Few understood him as making a prediction about the future of right-wing thinking and politics across the English-speaking world. Yet that...

    Studying Stalin
    Nov08

    Studying Stalin

    Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941Stephen KotkinPenguin Press, 2017, 1184pp., $40 Richard Aldous: Hello, and welcome. My guest this week on The American Interest Podcast is Stephen Kotkin, professor of history at Princeton and author of a new book, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941. Stephen, welcome to the show.Stephen Kotkin: Thank you...

    Shine On: The Balfour Declaration at 100
    Nov02

    Shine On: The Balfour Declaration at 100

    Just as I felt obligated to comment back in May 2016 on “The Bullshistory of ‘Sykes-Picot’” on the occasion of its centenary, this past June I felt obligated to comment on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. In the course of doing so I reflected on the psychological power of anniversaries and the potential dangers they posed to...

    Russia’s Virtual Reality
    Nov02

    Russia’s Virtual Reality

    The continued downward spiral in U.S.-Russian relations during the initial phase of the Trump Administration may have come as a disappointment to Russians, but it could hardly have come as a surprise. With a weary sense of déjà vu, many Russians perceive the current tensions as only the latest episode of an age-old historical drama—the relentless...

    The Case for Sanctioning Putin’s Propagandists
    Nov01

    The Case for Sanctioning Putin’s Propagandists

    Last week, Moscow was shaken by a murder attempt on a journalist at the independent, liberal radio station Echo of Moscow. Tatiana Felgengauer, 32, miraculously survived after a man walked into the station’s Moscow studio and stabbed her in the neck.Vladimir Putin spoke up about the assault yesterday, describing it as the unfortunate but...

    The Young and the Restless of the Maidan Generation
    Oct31

    The Young and the Restless of the Maidan Generation

    “I have bad news for the hucksters in power: people from all over Ukraine have gathered here to demand change!” Georgia’s ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili shouted passionately from the stage on October 17 in Kyiv. Cheered sporadically by a crowd of protesters under a canopy of party flags, including those of his own Movement of New Forces,...

    Turkey’s Ukrainian Gambit
    Oct30

    Turkey’s Ukrainian Gambit

    Reading the headlines, one could be forgiven for thinking that Russia has become, all of a sudden, Turkey’s new best friend. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his loyalists are up in arms against the U.S., which they have branded the archenemy. The EU, and especially Germany, has long been on Turkey’s bad side. Vladimir...

    The New-Old Fatalism
    Oct27

    The New-Old Fatalism

    Historical inevitability is back in vogue for the first time since the aftermath of the Great Depression. Now as then, a rather crude form of economic determinism is the single engine of this supposed inevitability, and now as then, too, it purports to offer simple and precise answers to a range of complex social and political questions. In its...

    Fifty Shades of Czech Populism
    Oct23

    Fifty Shades of Czech Populism

    This past weekend’s elections in the Czech Republic show the ideological permissiveness of populism. Czech voters dallied with a dizzying array of populist parties from extreme Right to extreme Left, with multiple shades in-between. In a proportional representation system with a 5 percent threshold, three of these parties together garnered...

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