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Walter Russell Mead
Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
Egypt in Turmoil
Egypt on the Verge of Crisis?

The West is ignoring an ongoing crisis in Egypt, as painful austerity measures stoke outrage against the Sisi government.

Gray Lady Comes Clean on Obama’s Middle East Legacy

Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue
A Retirement System That Works for Workers

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.

Why the EU Is in Trouble

The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

After the Elections
Russia Ready for Realpolitik?

Fair enough. But some of the Realpolitik Russia won’t like.

As Obama’s Clock Winds Down, Revisionist Powers Pounce

The Philippine pivot to China is just the latest consequence of Obama’s feckless foreign policy.

Heckuva Job
What Erdogan’s Pivot to Putin Means

Briefly: nothing good for American interests.

Balancing Act
Thailand’s King Has Died

King Bhumibol’s passing makes the task of American foreign policy in Asia more complicated than ever.

Middle East Mess
Charlie Brown to Stop Running Toward Football. Maybe.

The Obama Administration appears to finally be losing its ability to pretend to itself that Putin takes it seriously as a negotiating partner. But have any larger lessons been learned?

Single Payer Pivot
The Gray Lady Is Singing. Does That Mean It’s Over?

Even the hardiest defenders of Obamacare are now having to concede that it looks more and more like the inevitable failure the critics have always said it was.

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South China Sea Change

The Chinese are pulling back from the disputed Scarborough Shoal: is this a new normal or a temporary olive branch?

Latin Lefty Meltdown

It’s a sign of frustration—and a sign of Maduro’s temporary upper-hand.

Washington's Malaysia Malaise

Malaysia is preparing for its first major defense agreement with China, a sign that Beijing’s diplomacy is paying off.

Low-Hanging Fruit

We need more diesel technicians, welders, and pipe fitters.

Crude Economics

If the Saudis don’t bite the bullet next month, the cartel’s relevance will fade significantly.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

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