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The Most Important Election. Ever.

Why the fate of the American republic—and the world—could depend on what happens Nov. 3.

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A Perilous Presidential Handoff

The transition of power between presidents has long been a weakness of the U.S. political system. But never more so than now.

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The Real Hacking Threat

It doesn’t matter if Russia actually sways the vote. What matters is whether Americans think it did.

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A Perilous Presidential Handoff

The transition of power between presidents has long been a weakness of the U.S. political system. But never more so than now.

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Emerging Stronger From the Great Lockdown

The managing director and the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund lay out a strategy for sustained recovery.

Essay

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Tourists wearing protective face masks visit the Louvre in Paris on Aug. 6 after the lifting of some coronavirus restrictions.

Why Europe Wins

Everyone writes off the European Union as dull and prone to fracture. But the last decade shows that Brussels is smarter than Beijing, London, Moscow, and Washington.

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Don’t Believe the Hype. Wealth Taxes Are Nothing New.

Lessons from ancient Greece and Islamic finance for creating a tax that will benefit the poor—and the wealthy, too.

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Xu Zhangrun Was China’s Loyal Opposition. Now, He’s In Jail.

One of the few remaining scholars openly standing against Xi Jinping is a reformist, not a revolutionary.

Books in Brief

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Books in Brief

Staff reviews of recent releases on U.S. isolationism, the future of energy, and China’s new Silk Road.

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Elfenbein Lobenigk, Egidius; Wecker GeorgEgidius Lobenigk, Dresden, 1584 Georg Wecker, Dresden, 1581 ; Hˆhe 9,2 cm und 11,6 cm II 293 und II 290Inventar-Nr.: II 293, II 290, Artist: Lobenigk, Egidius; Wecker Georg Werbliche Nutzung nur nach R¸cksprache!

A World in Counterfeit

After they mastered their territories, rulers wanted to master crafts, too.

Essay

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A soldier runs for cover in Libya.

The End of Hope in the Middle East

The region has always had problems—but it’s now almost past the point of recovery.

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Then-U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses a panel on women's health and security before addressing the U.N. World Conference on Women in Beijing on Sept. 5, 1995.
Then-U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses a panel on women's health and security before addressing the U.N. World Conference on Women in Beijing on Sept. 5, 1995.

Let’s Make Women’s Power Culturally Acceptable

Twenty-five years on from the Beijing Platform, the world has made important advances in gender equity. The next step is to ensure that women claim their rights not just in theory but also in practice.

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French President Emmanuel Macron walks into a room with a relief bust of the French author and philosopher Voltaire during a visit to the newly restored Château de Voltaire à Ferney in eastern France, on May 31, 2018.

Voltaire Spread Darkness, Not Enlightenment. France Should Stop Worshipping Him.

The celebrated philosopher was an unapologetic racist and anti-Semite who inspired Hitler. The recent removal of his statue in Paris was long overdue.

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Feeling Like an Outcast

The bestselling book “Caste” brilliantly frames racial hierarchies in the United States but largely ignores the horrors of India’s caste structure.

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Anne Applebaum in Udine, Italy, on Jan. 26, 2019.

The Tragic Romance of the Nostalgic Western Liberal

Anne Applebaum wants to understand rising illiberalism but is clinging to a Cold War moral framework that no longer applies.

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Niv Sultan in Tehran.

Israeli TV Spy Thriller ‘Tehran’ Flouts Stereotypes About Iran

Apple TV+ premieres series by the director of “Homeland” that captivated Israelis this summer.

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How Turkey’s Soft Power Conquered Pakistan

The TV drama “Ertugrul” reveals how neo-Ottoman fantasies are finding an enthusiastic audience in a country that struggles with Saudi and Western influence.

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