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Europe's Malaise: The New Normal?

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal?

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These events should be enough to constitute the sum total of our global crises, but they're not. On top of everything, the German ...

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Turkey's Geographical Ambition

Turkey's Geographical Ambition

Editor's Note: We originally ran this Global Affairs with Robert D. Kaplan column on May 1, 2013. We are republishing it in light of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Aug. 10 election as Turkey's new president.

At a time when Europe and other parts of the world are governed by forgettable mediocrities, Recep ...

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The End of Consensus Politics in China

The End of Consensus Politics in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign is the broadest and deepest effort to purge, reorganize and rectify the Communist Party leadership since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 and the rise of Deng Xiaoping two years later. It has already probed more than 182,000 officials across ...

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Lebanese Journalist: The Arabs Will Not Be Dragged Into A War Whose Timing Was Chosen By Hamas' Military Wing

Lebanese Journalist: The Arabs Will Not Be Dragged Into A War Whose Timing Was Chosen By Hamas' Military Wing

In a July 24 op-ed in the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Lebanese journalist Huda Al-Husseini criticized Hamas' conduct in its fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip. She said that Hamas' military wing started the war at the time of its choosing, and did so after it was politically ...

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Can Putin Survive?

Can Putin Survive?

There is a general view that Vladimir Putin governs the Russian Federation as a dictator, that he has defeated and intimidated his opponents and that he has marshaled a powerful threat to surrounding countries. This is a reasonable view, but perhaps it should be re-evaluated in the context of ...

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Russia Declares U.S. Second Rate

Dinesh D'Souza states in his book, America, Imagine A World Without Her, and in the film of the same title, that U.S. is in a decline caused by conscious public policy. D'Souza rightly fears that if this decline continues, "America as we know it will cease to exist," and calls this politically ...

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The Inevitability of Foreign Entanglements

The Inevitability of Foreign Entanglements

The Fourth of July weekend gave me time to consider events in Iraq and Ukraine, U.S.-German relations and the Mexican borderland and immigration. I did so in the context of the founding of the United States, asking myself if America has strayed from the founders' intent with regard to foreign ...

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The Sunni Ramadan Offensive and the Lessons of Tet

The Sunni Ramadan Offensive and the Lessons of Tet

In February 1968, the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong launched a general offensive in Vietnam during Tet, the Some communist targets during the Tet OffensiveVietnamese New Year. From mid-1966 onward, the North Vietnamese had found themselves under increasing pressure from American and South ...

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The United States Has Unfinished Business in Ukraine and Iraq

The United States Has Unfinished Business in Ukraine and Iraq

In recent weeks, some of the international system's unfinished business has revealed itself. We have seen that Ukraine's fate is not yet settled, and with that, neither is Russia's relationship with the European Peninsula. InIraq we learned that the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the creation of a ...

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