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Putin’s World War Z

The West's core values have long struck fear into the heart of the Russian president, driving him to fashion an entire worldview and self-identity based on the rejection of all things Western. The ultimate reactionary, Putin represents repression of the revolution that would have occurred if not for his wars and propaganda machine.

11 April 2022
Vasyl Cherepanyn
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We Are Wasting Time on These Climate Debates. The Next Steps Are Clear.

Rather than getting distracted by distant and likely irreducible uncertainties, let’s focus on what matters: deploying clean technologies we know we need, implementing a coherent climate policy, laying the groundwork for future progress and creating a just transition that shares the benefits of a sustainable energy system.

10 April 2022
John Bistline, Inês Azevedo, Chris Bataille, Steven Davis
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Can Liberalism Thrive Without a Wolf at the Door?

The idea that Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine would be a restorative tonic for Western liberalism, touted hopefully in the first few weeks of war, has taken sharp blows in recent days.

9 April 2022
Ross Douthat
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Globalization Is Over. The Global Culture Wars Have Begun.

What we call “the West” is not an ethnic designation or an elitist country club. The heroes of Ukraine are showing that at its best, it is a moral accomplishment, and unlike its rivals, it aspires to extend dignity, human rights and self-determination to all. That’s worth reforming and working on and defending and sharing in the decades ahead.

8 April 2022
David Brooks
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Macron’s Vision for European Autonomy Crashed and Burned in Ukraine

Five years ago, French President Emmanuel Macron was elected on the promise of revitalizing the European Union with new vigor and vision.. Instead of leading Europe, as he had undoubtedly hoped to do, Macron has ceded the field to others. Russia’s war has laid bare his deep-rooted strategic misconception of Europe as strategically autonomous.

8 April 2022
Bart M. J. Szewczyk
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The Enemies of Liberalism Are Showing Us What It Really Means

Liberalism needs a healthier relationship to time. Can the past become a foreign country without those who still live there being turned into foreigners in their own land? If the future is to be unmapped, then how do we persuade those who fear it, or mistrust us, to agree to venture into its wilds?

3 April 2022
Ezra Klein
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Putin Knows What He’s Doing With Ukraine’s Refugees. This Is the World’s Big Test.

As the world enters a period of greater instability, its leaders can no longer ignore the need for a coordinated and humane response to all of those fleeing war and other desperate circumstances.

1 April 2022
The Editorial Board
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Why Democracy Stalled in the Middle East

Any effort to promote democracy must take into account citizens’ aspirations for economic dignity. Appeals to abstract notions alone will not be persuasive. Arabs crave freedom and justice—but if democracy does not also deliver bread, Arabs will back political systems that do.

1 April 2022
Amaney A. Jamal and Michael Robbins
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What’s the Likelihood of Nuclear War?

The Ukraine crisis isn’t as dangerous as the darkest moments of the Cold War, but the potential for mistakes and miscalculations means the risks are still high.

23 March 2022
Uri Friedman
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It’s Now Putin’s Plan B in Ukraine vs. Biden’s and Zelensky’s Plan A

After a confusing month, it is now clear what strategies are playing out in Ukraine: We’re watching Vladimir Putin’s plan B versus Joe Biden’s and Volodymyr Zelensky’s plans A. Let us hope that Biden and Zelensky triumph, because Putin’s potential plan C is really scary — and I don’t even want to write what I fear would be his plan D.

20 March 2022
Thomas L. Friedman
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