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U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft on board the USS Ronald Reagan  aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore on Oct. 16, 2019.
U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore on Oct. 16, 2019.

Does the New U.S. National Defense Strategy Make Any Sense?

The Pentagon is scrambling to deter China while adjusting to war in Europe—but does its new approach amount to more than just rhetoric?

A protester stands in front of a burning barricade holding his hand up with an inscription calling for President Macron to resign on May 1, 2021 in Paris, France.
A protester stands in front of a burning barricade holding his hand up with an inscription calling for President Macron to resign on May 1, 2021 in Paris, France.

Inequality Doesn’t Breed Populism. Social Immobility Does.

The left keeps losing because it has failed to promote equal opportunity rather than equal outcomes.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives a speech marking Hungary's Revolution and Independence Day on March 15, 2022 in front of the parliament building of Budapest.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives a speech marking Hungary's Revolution and Independence Day on March 15, 2022 in front of the parliament building of Budapest.

The Secrets to Viktor Orban’s Success

Hungary’s prime minister will likely win a fourth consecutive election with an original political formula.

Occupy Wall Street protesters march down Fifth Avenue on May 1, 2012 in New
Occupy Wall Street protesters march down Fifth Avenue on May 1, 2012 in New

Does Inequality Provoke Populism?

A new book argues that economic unfairness is more important than unequal incomes—but only redistributive policies can restore social mobility.

Gabriel Boric celebrates with supporters at the end of the Presidential Elections on November 21, 2021 in Santiago, Chile.
Gabriel Boric celebrates with supporters at the end of the Presidential Elections on November 21, 2021 in Santiago, Chile.

Latin America’s Leftists Aren’t Who You Think

The region’s left has won a series of elections—but U.S. interests aren’t under threat.

Boris Johnson waves after speaking to conference on the third day of the Conservative party conference on October 6, 2015 in Manchester, England.
Boris Johnson waves after speaking to conference on the third day of the Conservative party conference on October 6, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Will Britain’s Conservatives Be in Power Permanently?

A new book argues that Boris Johnson’s government is already losing its grip. Here’s why that’s wishful thinking.

Stefano Bonaccini, the president of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and a member of Italy’s Democratic Party, addresses a press conference in Bologna on Jan. 27, 2020.
Stefano Bonaccini, the president of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and a member of Italy’s Democratic Party, addresses a press conference in Bologna on Jan. 27, 2020.

Italy’s Largest Left-Wing Party Is Waging War on the Poor

The Democratic Party cares more about fighting populists than ending inequality. Its new brand of Reaganomics will lead to yet another electoral defeat.

Pedro Castillo of Perú Libre waves to supporters.
Pedro Castillo of Perú Libre waves to supporters.

Peru’s New President Isn’t as Radical as He Looks

Pedro Castillo ran as an anti-establishment leftist. Here’s why he won’t govern like one.

A Vox party supporter protests in front of the Moroccan Embassy in Madrid on May 18.
A Vox party supporter protests in front of the Moroccan Embassy in Madrid on May 18.

Spain Takes a Leap to the Populist Right

This week’s border crisis with Morocco will cast a long shadow over Spanish politics.

The French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy in Paris on Nov. 24, 1986.
The French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy in Paris on Nov. 24, 1986.

It’s Time to Take Bernard-Henri Lévy Seriously

A close reading of the philosophical career, and influence, of France’s most ridiculed public intellectual.

Sen. Vito Crimi speaks at Quirinal Palace.
Sen. Vito Crimi speaks at Quirinal Palace.

Has Italy’s Five Star Movement Given Up on Populism?

The anti-establishment bad boys of years past are changing their stripes—maybe.

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, delivers a virtual speech on his party’s vision for the country’s economic future at Labour headquarters in central London on Feb. 18.
Britain’s main opposition Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, delivers a virtual speech on his party’s vision for the country’s economic future at Labour headquarters in central London on Feb. 18.

Labour’s Dangerous Drift to the Right

Trying to rebound after painful losses, the British party appears to be courting conservative and white voters—and losing its core principles in the process.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with then-U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with then-U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?

Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in Washington on Jan. 6.
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in Washington on Jan. 6.

How to Live With Authoritarians

Democracies have to learn how to manage some people’s innate fears of change.

Jürgen Habermas
Jürgen Habermas

Why Jürgen Habermas Disappeared

The German philosopher was one of the 20th century’s most influential public intellectuals. But 21st-century politics has cut him adrift.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a press conference at the end of a European People’s Party meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 20, 2019.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a press conference at the end of a European People’s Party meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 20, 2019.

How the European Parliament Entrenched the Region’s Autocrats

European parties were supposed to create a European democracy. Instead, they’ve given cover to bad actors.

Mario Draghi arrives to give a speech after a meeting with the Italian president, at the Quirinal palace in Rome, on Feb. 3, 2021.
Mario Draghi arrives to give a speech after a meeting with the Italian president, at the Quirinal palace in Rome, on Feb. 3, 2021.

Italy’s Politics of Purgatory Won’t End Well

Mario Draghi’s arrival as prime minister will only make his country’s political problems even worse.

André Ventura, the leader of Chega, delivers a speech in Lisbon on Jan. 24.
André Ventura, the leader of Chega, delivers a speech in Lisbon on Jan. 24.

Was Portugal’s Election a Breakthrough for the Far-Right?

The incumbent president won in a landslide, but a populist right-wing candidate raised eyebrows in a country that has so far avoided extremes.

Revelers celebrate news of Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president in Washington on Nov. 7, 2020.
Revelers celebrate news of Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president in Washington on Nov. 7, 2020.

Biden’s Bold Gamble on Immigration Is About America’s Future

Failed immigration reform gave rise to Trumpism. Success could finally cool the debate.

A woman walks past a mural of iron ore miners in Algrange, France, on Feb. 14, 2017.
A woman walks past a mural of iron ore miners in Algrange, France, on Feb. 14, 2017.

How to (Finally) Defeat Populism

Rust Belts exist around the world, and integrating them into the larger trans-Atlantic community is key to political stability.

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