John Lewis Gaddis' magisterial authorized biography of George Kennan tells the story of a brilliant diplomat who helped define postwar U.S. foreign policy. Yet the public triumph was matched with private frustration, and the prickly Kennan never won the influence he craved.
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In his new book, the acclaimed psychologist Steven Pinker argues that despite the horrors of the twentieth century, global violence is actually on the decline over the long term.
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Michael A. Levi says Republicans and Democrats alike have touted the energy sector as the key to solving the United States' employment problems. They are both wrong.
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Is globalization to blame for rising unemployment and income inequality in the United States?
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Over the past three decades, Washington has consistently favored the rich -- and the more wealth accumulates in a few hands at the top, the more influence and favor the rich acquire, making it easier for them and their political allies to cast off restraint without paying a social price.
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It's tempting to see the 9/11 attacks as having fundamentally changed U.S. foreign policy. It's also wrong.
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Neither intensifying the drug war nor legalizing all drugs offers much hope of reducing drug abuse in the United States or lessening violence in Mexico.
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Washington claims that the country's borders are more secure than ever, but the truth is that no one knows for sure.
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The United States' fiscal future depends on whether the country can limit health-care costs.
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In uncertain times, grand strategies are important because they help others interpret a country's behavior.
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Clean energy was supposed to create jobs while reducing energy insecurity, global warming, and the U.S. trade deficit.
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New books by Witold Rybczynski and Edward Glaeser celebrate the ever-changing American urban experience.
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As the United States' relative power declines, will the open and rule-based liberal international order Washington has championed since the 1940s start to erode? Probably not.
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As the recent fiasco with body scanners at airports demonstrated, the United States' homeland security strategy is off track.
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What does rise of the Tea Party movement mean for U.S. foreign policy?
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The American version of capitalism is no longer dominant around the world.
See more in United States; Financial Crises; Global; Economic Development
Realist international relations theorists usually would predict that the basic pressures of the international system will force the United States and China into conflict.
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The current debate over quantitative easing overlooks the important question of domestic economic strategy in both the developed and developing world.
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In the wake of the financial crisis, the United States is no longer the leader of the global economy, and no other nation has the political and economic leverage to replace it.
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Too often over the last decades, policymakers in Washington have viewed Moscow's resistance to U.S. policies through the lens of psychology.
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