2019 The Trump Presidency, Year Two
A weak president with a talent for creating a spectacle finishes the year more free to be himself, for better and for worse.
Small Nations Estonia and the Kindness of Strangers
Estonia has expertly played the hand it has been given by history, building a model small democratic nation in the 20th century. But its size and geography mean its fate is still not in its own hands.
Still Good The Sprightly 230-Year-Old
How much are our current political difficulties the product of a Constitution that is showing its age? Less than you might think.
Lessons from Literature The Third France
The “Bruno” detective novels of Martin Walker showcase the enduring appeal of French village life in the new world of the 21st century.
A Lesson in Leadership The Bibi Paradox
Israel’s Prime Minister is a wildly successful statesman who is nonetheless widely disliked. What accounts for this?
A Literary Lament The End of an Era
This May marked the loss of four masterful men of letters—men with no obvious successors, whose careers would be all but impossible today.
Migration and Its Discontents The Impacts of Immigration: Europe vs. America
The consequences of immigration will be harsher, and the problems to which it gives rise less manageable, in the European Union than in the United States.
Checkbook Diplomacy How the West Was Saved
The Marshall Plan has a good claim to being the most successful diplomatic initiative that the United States has ever undertaken—and Benn Steil’s new book only strengthens the case.
Economics 101 Rebooting the Dismal Science
Candor, humility, and a greater openness to a variety of approaches—three ways to make economics great again as a serious field of study.
Grand Strategy America’s Global Role in Question
Thomas Wright’s book from last year correctly diagnosed our foreign policy predicament. The extent to which his prescriptions are unworkable in the Age of Trump tells us even more.
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